After eight hours of grilling on Monday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was still not ready to give a clean chit to senior Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh, who was allegedly abducted by a group of Pakistani terrorists before they launched an attack on the Pathankot airbase.
A home ministry official said the senior cop is still not ‘fully’ cooperating with the investigators. His questioning will continue on Tuesday as well. “Question about Salwinder being an accused or witness in the case is still open. We want a full disclosure from him and that we are yet to get,” said the official.
Sources said his possible linkages with drug cartels operating in the area are also under scanner. It is being suspected that weapons for the Pathankot attack came to India as drug consignment and terrorists may have been provided passage as smugglers.
Singh had told his superiors that he and two of his companions — jeweller-friend Rajesh Verma and cook-cum-helper Madan Gopal — were abducted by the terrorists. The agency has yet to get credible answers to questions such as why Singh kept four mobile phones and helper Gopal had two.
The NIA sleuths are trying to re-construct the sequence of events on the night of December 31.