Pathankot: In the aftermath of the terror attack on Pathankot air base in Punjab, the BSF has transferred two top officials in the Gurdaspur sector. The action was taken after the security agency conducted an internal probe into how six Pakistani terrorists managed to slip in across the border.
According to reports, BSF DIG NK Mishra and Commandant SS Dubas, have been replaced by BSF DIG A. Shreenivasan and Commandant Inder Parkash Bhatia respectively.
Days after the Pathankot terror attack rocked the country, the Punjab Police arrested a BSF constable, who was allegedly involved in helping a cartel of drugs and arms smugglers infiltrate heroin and weapons into India. Interrogation led the investigators to constable Anil who was deployed with the 52nd Battalion of the Border Security Force.
Former Border Security Force (BSF) DG and security adviser EN Rammohan had told India Today Television that corrupt BSF officials are hand-in-glove with drug rackets active in Punjab and they helped the Pakistani terrorists sneak into India from the border with Pakistan.
However, the BSF rejected Rammohan’s smuggling theory and made it clear that it did not find any breach anywhere in the fence in 20-km stretch of border. BSF speculated, the terrorists might have used a tunnel on the Punjab border to sneak into India or have come all the way from Jammu and Kashmir to launch a Fidayeen attack on the IAF base in Pathankot, Punjab.
On January 1, a group of heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists entered the airbase from the western periphery wall of the airbase where a clump of eucalyptus trees tower over the 11-foot-tall wall. In a pre-dawn attack, the terrorists attacked the IAF base on January 2. Six Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were gunned down by the security forces after a four-day gun battle. Seven Indian security personnel also lost their lives.
Senior MoD officials on January 16, 2016, were dismayed at non-maintenance of the 11-foot-high perimeter wall at Pathankot air base (in Punjab) which faced a major terror attack on January 2, 2016.
Three weeks after the terrorist attacked the Pathankot airbase – the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) investigation is in full swing.
The investigating agency is likely to move court for conducting lie detector test on Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh who had claimed that he, along with his cook and a friend, were abducted by terrorists on his way back from Panj Pir shrine.