After interrogating senior Punjab cop Salwinder Singh for more than 40 hours over five days, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found no evidence so far to connect him with the Pathankot attackers, sources told HT.
“There is nothing so far on record that shows Salwinder Singh had anything to do with the Pathankot attackers. After interrogating him alone for four days and then jointly with his cook Madan Gopal and caretaker of Panj Peer Dargah, Somraj, the NIA sleuths more or less believe he was abducted by terrorists. But leaving nothing to chance, the agency has decided to go for a lie detector test that is likely to take place on Monday,” said a senior home ministry official.
Counter-terror sources said Salwinder told interrogators that he left Gurdaspur on the night of December 31 and January 1 at around 9.15pm for Dargah Panj Peer.
“Salwinder claims he, at times, suffers from seizures that are not related to any medical condition. He stayed there with his cook, and friend Rajesh Verma, for 30 minutes. On the way back, around 11.45pm, the Pathankot attackers stopped his vehicle and overpowered all three. He was blindfolded, along with his cook, and left with his hands and legs tied,” said a counter-terror official aware of Salwinder’s interrogation details.