The Samba army unit is under administrative control of the local brigade but operationally reports to the armoured division based in Pathankot.
The home ministry analysis reveals that the agencies involved are busy passing the buck. The BSF is not ready to admit that the three terrorists infiltrated from the Shap nullah across the international border; the JK&P is not conceding that it didn’t retaliate at the Hiranagar police station, where SHO Daljit Singh has been suspended since he allegedly fled through a window as soon as the attack started at 6.45am.
The Punjabi-speaking terrorists commandeered a truck for Samba, before pushing driver Mohammed Maqbool out and telling him to pick up the vehicle later from the highway.
Maqbool later told the police that he found the truck parked on the highway near Samba and, when he drove back towards Hiranagar police station, nobody stopped him despite the truck number and attack alert flashing.
With the 16th Cavalry unit not alert to the attack, the three terrorists easily entered its premises after killing the sole sentry on guard.
To worsen the situation, the armoured unit was not trained in close-quarter combat and a tank had to be used to take out the terrorists. The terrorists were killed only after a quick reaction team of 2 Sikh Light Infantry reached the spot.