NIA chief Sharad Kumar reaches Pathankot, to focus on drug cartel link

  • Rajesh Ahuja
  • Updated: Jan 06, 2016 11:33 IST
Security personnel inside the Pathankot Air Force base after the end of the military operation against militants on Tuesday. (PTI)

NIA chief Sharad Kumar on Wednesday reached Pathankot to oversee the probe into the attack on the air base. Kumar is likely to stay in Pathankot for two to three days and may question few of the important eyewitnesses himself.

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The NIA has taken over the probe into the Pathankot attack after registering three FIRs - lodged in connection with murder of the Innova driver, abduction of SP Salwainder Singh and his companions and the attack on the air base itself.

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A team of more than 20 NIA investigators led by Inspector General Sanjeev Kumar is already camping in Pathankot. They are pursuing different leads and gathering forensic evidence from the air base.

The NIA is focusing on the linkages of drug cartels with the terror attack in Pathankot and questionable account given by SP Salwinder Singh about his abduction.

According to NIA sources, the role of SP Salwinder Singh is under scanner.

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