Magisterial inquiry report submitted to Gurdaspur DM
The report of the magisterial inquiry conducted by Gurdaspur sub-divisional magistrate Manmohan Singh Kang into the incident of terrorists’ attack on the Dinanagar police station, 11 km from here on July 27, has been submitted to Gurdaspur district magistrate Abhinav Trikha.
Seven persons, including three civilians, three Punjab home guard jawans and one superintendent of police were killed in firing between the Punjab Police and the heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists. However, all the three Pakistani terrorists holed up in the police station building were also killed by the police.
When contacted, Trikha confirmed having received the report but said he had not yet gone through the inquiry report.
The same inquiry officer SDM Manmohan Singh Kang had submitted his inquiry report into the said terrorist attack two months ago. But the district magistrate had rejected it on the ground that it concluded nothing and it was mere a bundle of statements. He had returned the report to the SDM to conduct it afresh into the incident, revealing all the facts about it.
Meanwhile, a team of district police led by a superintendent of police (detective) had also been conducting a separate investigation into the matter.
Sources disclosed that Gurdaspur deputy superintendent of police (detective) Kuldeep Singh was heading the investigation panel after the said SP (detective) was transferred from here.
Gurdaspur superintendent of police (detective) Satnam Singh Bhangu is not attached to the investigation panel.
Gurdaspur deputy superintendent of police (detective) Kuldeep Singh, who was later heading the inquiry panel, has also been transferred to the Narot Jaimal Singh area of the Pathankot district police.
The Punjab Police investigation is mainly concentrating on if the Pakistani terrorists, who had attacked the Dinanagar police station, had contacts or links in India and if they had taken shelter somewhere or with someone in India after entering India and before launching the said attack.
Unconfirmed sources revealed that the central government was entrusting the task of conducting the inquiry into the Dinanagar terrorist attack to the national Investigating agency (NIA), bypassing the Punjab government.