The Border Security Force (BSF) has ordered a court of inquiry (CoI) against two senior officers posted in Punjab to find out possible lapses that had allowed the terrorists who attacked the Pathankot airbase to sneak into the country from Pakistan.
Gurdaspur deputy inspector general (DIG) NK Tiwari and Commandant of the 132nd battalion SS Dabas, whose men were tasked with securing the international border in Punjab, have also been transferred “pending inquiry”, officials said.
The officials said a fact-finding team was also scouring the frontier locations for evidence.
“The officers have been replaced by DIG A Srinivasan and Commandant IP Bhatia,” an official said. “The court of inquiry will ascertain the role of the commanders in the backdrop of Pathankot attack and few others in the Jammu area where BSF mans the international border.”
The officials said while the BSF had found no evidence to say that the international border had been breached or infiltrated, the NIA investigation into these cases will also throw more light apart from the CoI.
The BSF’s role has come under scrutiny after intelligence reports suggested that the terrorists who perpetrated the January 2 attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot had possibly crossed over from Bamiyal area in Gurdaspur district, which has patches of riverine and unfenced border areas.
While senior officials led by BSF director general DK Pathak have toured the forward areas after the attack, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said the force had already been asked to give details of areas from where the terrorists could have entered.