Superintendent of police (SP) Salwinder Singh, who was being probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in January’s Pathankot terror attack case, was among three Punjab Police officers given new transfer/posting orders on Friday.
The transfers and postings will come into immediate effect, an official spokesman has said here, adding that Punjab Police Service (PPS) officer Salwinder Singh has been posted as assistant commandant of the 75th Battalion of Punjab Armed Police (PAP) in Jalandhar. The NIA had been trying to find out whether the senior cop had any role in the drug racket being run in the border districts of Pathankot and Gurdaspur.
His car was used by Pakistani terrorists to approach the Pathankot airbase, where they killed seven soldiers and injured 20 others before the base was secured almost 80 hours later. The SP had told the agency that the terrorists in army fatigues had taken away the car after taking him hostage on the night of December 31, 2015. He also said he had managed to free himself and call his superior officers. For hours, this was treated as a case of armed carjacking only. The Gurdaspur SP was, later, suspended.
In the latest transfers meanwhile, PPS officer Sailendera Singh has been posted as SP (crime), Chandigarh, while Hem Pushap Sharma has been posted as SP, police operations, Pathankot.