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Pathankot terror strike could have been prevented: J-K guv

Pathankot terror strike could have been prevented if lessons had been learnt from previous such attacks with focus on securing the country’s border with Pakistan which is not yet “well guarded”, Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra said here on Tuesday.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2016 18:36 IST
Pathankot terror strike

“...and if Dinanagar would have been properly investigated, Pathankot, I am sure would have been almost impossible,” Vohra, who has been the governor of the border state for last eight years,said.(HT Photo)

Pathankot terror strike could have been prevented if lessons had been learnt from previous such attacks with focus on securing the country’s border with Pakistan which is not yet “well guarded”, Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra said here on Tuesday.

Speaking about the infiltrations by terror groups through international border (IB), including the recent attack on Pathankot air base, Vohra said BSF with its limited capacities cannot guard the IB (in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab) which is a long stretch of over 200 to 250 kilometers.

The governor who was here to deliver a key note address on seventh National Investigation Agency (NIA) day, noted that the five-six terror attacks which took place from September 2013 onwards via Kathua through the IB, part of which falls in Jammu and Kashmir, should have been followed up as closely as the Pathankot attack.

He said that the attack on Dina Nagar police station in Gurdaspur could have been avoided, if the previous terror attacks were subjected to a tight investigation.

“...and if Dinanagar would have been properly investigated, Pathankot, I am sure would have been almost impossible because we would have been able to know the routes taken by the terror groups to infiltrate the IB. I also hold very strongly that IB is not well guarded,” Vohra, who has been the Governor of the border state for last eight years,said.

The Governor, who has also served as Union Home andDefence Secretary besides Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister in 1997, maintained that he had informed the centre about it.

“I think there are issues...but we need to do much more. BSF, with its present capacities, cannot safeguard IB which is long stretch of over 200 to 250 kilometres almost including the border in Punjab. It is a difficult area and we need to look at that,” Vohra reiterated.

He was replying to a question over the reluctance of state governments in handing over terror cases to central probe agencies. Punjab government had refused to hand over the Dina Nagar police station attack probe to NIA.

The July 2015 terror attack on a police station in Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district of Punjab resulted in 10 deaths, including that of three terrorists. Superintendent of police Baljeet Singh was also killed in the attack.