The Centre on Monday for the second time sought the Punjab government’s opinion on handing over the Gurdaspur terror attack case to the National Investigating Agency.
In a fresh communication, the home ministry reminded the state of the earlier letter where it was asked if the probe could be handed to the central agency specialising in anti-terror investigations.
“There are provisions in the law for NIA to take over the case suo motu. But we are looking for the consent of the state government and would like to wait for it,” said a home ministry official.
On July 27, terrorists suspected to be members of the Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba dressed in army fatigues first targeted a roadside eatery, then a passenger bus and attacked the Dinanagar police station in Gurdaspur. Seven people were killed.
Three civilians, superintedent of police (detective) Baljit Singh and three home guards — fell to the terrorists’ bullets in the encounter that lasted hours.
A Punjab police SWAT commando team later eliminated the three terrorists.