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Gurdaspur attack: Punjab DGP says there was no terror alert

punjab Updated: Jul 28, 2015 23:32 IST
Aseem Bassi & Vinay Dhingra


Punjab director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini on Tuesday said there was no specific alert from any corner on possible terror strike in the state.

"The initial investigation reveals that the three assailants, who were gunned down after an encounter at Dinanagar on Monday, had sneaked in from Gurdaspur sector," said the DGP.

"The terrorists carried two GPS devices and we have cracked the inputs fed in the equipment. It was found that the route to the rail track and later Dinanagar police station was fed into these devices on July 21. So, it can be said that they moved towards their target from the border after that date. But when exactly they started, can't be said right now," said Saini.

The route inputs show that the terrorists started from the Dhusi Bandh area along the border in Gurdaspur sector and then moved towards the rail tracks and later Dinanagar police station."

"The probe reveals that the terrorists first installed bombs on the rail tracks near Talwandi and later stormed the Dinanagar police station," said the DGP.

Can't say why Dinanagar was chosen as target

On being asked why the terrorists chose Dinanagar as their target, the DGP said, "Right now, it's not clear why Dinanagar town was chosen for such a strike."

On whether the terrorists were Pakistani nationals, the DGP said: "It cannot be confirmed at this point but certainly there are pointers, especially we see the route taken by them, the kind of ammunition they carried and the body impressions. We are conducting detailed probes and will arrive at a conclusion soon."

Big ammo haul; loose wire saved the day

Police claimed to have recovered three AK-47 assault rifles, 70 magazines, 85 live bullets, 2.5 inch mortar with live rocket, two GPS devices, 220 shells, one live hand grenade and bulletproof jackets from Dinanagar police station building where the terrorists were holed up.
"Five bombs (with one kg RDX each), two detonators, one night-vision device, two pressure plates, wires, battery and two knives were recovered from the railway line near Talwandi," said Saini.

The police claimed that the terrorists reached the track around 2 am on July 26. "But they had to leave the place in a hurry after a night-patrolling team came in their direction," said police. The battery and wires were loosely connected and the wire got detached due to the vibration caused by the incoming train on the tracks. This averted a major tragedy," said police.


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