Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that the three terrorists who attacked Dinanagar town in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district had come from Pakistan via the Ravi river.
Making a statement in the Rajya Sabha after 2pm, Rajnath Singh said that hints from the global positioning system (GPS) sets found on the terrorists revealed that they had intruded into India through the Ravi river.
The home minister went on to congratulate Punjab Police for neutralising the terrorists and thwarting their designs, triggering an uproar by opposition members in the Upper House. He was barely audible amid the slogan-raising by the Opposition. The ruckus forced the chair to adjourn the House for the day.
TERROR ATTACK CONDEMNED
Earlier in the day, both Houses of Parliament observed two minutes of silence in memory of the Gurdaspur martyrs.
As the Lok Sabha assembled for the day’s proceedings, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan made obituary references to the martyrs of the terrorist attack at Dinanagar. The House was then adjourned for the day as the last rites of former president APJ Abdul Kalam were held.
The Rajya Sabha condemned the terrorist attack and expressed condolences to families of those who died. “Seven persons, including four security personnel, were killed and 16, including six security personnel, were injured in the terrorist attack,” chairman Hamid Ansari said as the House met.
“This dastardly attack is deplorable and the loss of lives in this act of senseless violence is indeed tragic and unfortunate. I am sure the whole House will join me in expressing deepest condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.”
“This House strongly condemns the terrorist attack and reiterates its firm resolve to confront such acts with determination and firmness,” he said.