CHANDIGARH: A huge attack on the Pathankot air force base At the heart of decoding the many lapses that allowed is a senior police officer who was abducted by the terrorists that are believed to have come from Pakistan.
Police Superintendent Salwinder Singh On the night of December 31, was travelling with two other men following a visit to a shrine near the border with Pakistan. He was not in a uniform but was using his official car which was not, at the time of following, using the beacon that gives it the right of way in traffic.
Mr Singh said to press “They were armed with AK-47s and spoke in Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu,”, amid reports of inconsistencies in his account shared with central investigators, by whom he was interrogated for six hours yesterday.
The Pathankot attack seven military personnel are dead and injured another 20 at the sprawling base where attack helicopters and fighter jets are kept. “There is nothing dodgy about what I have reported. Is my only fault that I am still alive? Hang me if I have done something wrong. I am a God-fearing man,” the officer said.
He said that after his car was hijacked, his arms and legs were tied up and his mouth and eyes were taped. “It was dark as well, so it was hard to count how many men they were,” he said, explaining why he has provided inconsistent accounts of how many terrorists he encountered. Intel officers believe the six terrorists moved in two groups.
Mr Singh gave his explanation for why the attackers did not kill him. “They didn’t know I was a police officer,” “When they found out who I was, they came back to kill me and warned that if I tried to do anything to alert anyone, I would pay for it.”
Mr Singh said he managed to break free eventually and trekked to a nearby village from where he used the third cellphone still with him to call his senior in the early hours of Friday morning. It turns out that the action that followed was grossly insufficient.
Another police officer said news agency Reuters “The truth is that we did not take Singh’s complaint seriously because his record has not been clean,”.
Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi has said despite the information from Mr Singh, the location of the attackers was only pinpointed as Pathankot on Friday afternoon.