Pathankot terror attack: NIA submits report to home ministry

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) investigating the Pathankot attack case on 7 January submitted its report to the ministry of home affairs (MHA).

The NIA had on 6 January taken Gurdaspur Superintendant of Police (SP) Salwinder Singh to the spot where he was allegedly abducted by the Pakistan-based terrorists. The NIA is questioning the Singh, his friend Rajesh Verma and the cook in regard with the case.

The NIA has lodged three cases as part of its investigation. The first case filed under Sections 364, 365, 367,368, 397, 398, 419 and 171 of the IPC and Section 25 of the Arms Act is in connection with the abduction of Gurdaspur SP.

The second and the third cases are related to the killing of the Innova taxi driver and the attack on the air base respectively.

As per the NIA investigation, the terrorists reached the air base in groups of two. It is clear that four terrorists who reached the air base came in a car that they had stolen from the SP.

The terrorists gained entry into the airbase using the storm water drain. Locating a storm water drain the airbase would not have been possible without local help. The NIA was also vexed with Another question is how they crossed the border? Mud stains found in the taxi suggest the terrorists had used the riverine route.

Even the Border Security Force had said they didn’t infiltrate through the Baimal sector. The BSF had wondered if the drug smuggling lobby helping them out. The drug smugglers were familiar to those along the border. Lastly the big question worrying the security agencies is the terrorists’ access to ammunition—they had 50kg ammunition with them. The NIA is worried as to who had bought the ammo and placed it in Punjab prior to the attack?