Gurdaspur city was terrorists’ next target after Dinanagar

  • Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 30, 2015 09:16 IST
The night vision device was found near a stretch of the Amritsar-Pathankot railway track to which five improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were tied to derail a passing train. (PTI File Photo)

After the three Pakistan-origin terrorists planted bombs on the railway track and opened fire at Dinanagar on Monday, their next target was the “heart of Gurdaspur city”, according to an analysis of the data on two global positioning system (GPS) devices recovered from them after their killing in a fierce encounter with the Punjab police.

The GPS analysis, accessed by Hindustan Times, shows that after the Dinanagar strike, terrorists were to reach the civil lines, between the Improvement Trust colony and the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus in Gurdaspur.

The 11 coordinates fed in the GPS-1, which was active when recovered from the encounter site, also pin-pointed that terrorists came from Pakistan and entered India by crossing the Ravi river near Mastgarh village in Behrampur police station of Gurdaspur. GPS-1 was for the use in navigation inside India for action at Talwandi, where they planted bombs on the rail track and then reached Dinanagar.

The GPS-2, inactive (off) when recovered, had three coordinates indicating that infiltrators might have started from the canal road between Khushab and Sargodha towns in Pakistan on July 21 the day coordinates in both GPSes were fed.

The second GPS was to be activated after first action for subsequent similar action somewhere in the heart of the city of Gurdaspur, according to top home ministry sources.

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