Wireless set used by Pathankot attackers similar to one used in Samba
Clear linkages are emerging between the Pathankot attacks and an earlier suicide attack carried out by Pakistani terrorists in Samba of Jammu last year, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials said.india Updated: Jan 13, 2016 22:29 IST
Clear linkages are emerging between the Pathankot attacks and an earlier suicide attack carried out by Pakistani terrorists in Samba of Jammu last year, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials said.
The federal anti-terror agency continued to question senior Punjab police official Salwinder Singh for the third day on Wednesday.
“During searches by the NIA, one wireless set of Chinese make was recovered in Salwinder’s SUV in which the terrorists travelled to Air Force base on the night of December 31st – January 1st, 2016. Data in the wireless set was deleted,” said the home ministry in a statement.
The officials said the recovered wireless set is similar to a wireless recovered from the site of attack in Samba in Jammu and Kashmir last year.
Two terrorists dressed in army uniform crossed the international border, hijacked a jeep and stormed a police station in Kathua district of Jammu in March last year. Four people were killed in the attack. The next day another attack was carried out by terrorists at an army camp in Samba.
In the Pathankot attack as well, terrorists hijacked two vehicles to reach the airbase before carrying out a suicide attack.
The NIA officials said the wireless set was recovered while scanning the area for evidence.
The data in the set was found deleted. The Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh and National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) were helping to retrieve the data.
The NIA has also ascertained the route taken by terrorists from the point of abduction of Salwinder Singh and to the air base. Now the agency teams are collecting CCTV footage on the route taken by terrorists to air base. The agency is also looking for evidence like clothes and electronic items of the attackers along the route taken by them.
Somraj, caretaker of Panj Peer Dargah in Punjab, which Salwinder Singh had claimed to have visited before he was kidnapped by the Pathankot attackers, will join the probe at the NIA headquarters on Thursday. The agency has also summoned Salwinder’s cook Madan Gopal as well. They will be jointly interrogated by the agency sleuths.
First Published: Jan 13, 2016 20:21 IST