NIA Denies Clean-Chit to Salwainder Singh


New Delhi: The NIA on Saturday clarified that it is yet to give a clean chit to senior Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh, who is being investigated in connection with the Pathankot terror attack. Earlier, news agencies had reported that Salwinder Singh had been given a clean chit by the NIA.

The investigative agency will conduct polygraph tests on Salwinder Singh’s jeweller friend, cook and shrine caretaker next week. The NIA will take a final call on giving a clean chit to Salwinder Singh only after polygraph tests on these three people, sources told TOI.

Singh, an SP-rank officer who has been coming to the NIA headquarters for the last fortnight, was subjected to several rounds of questioning, in addition to scientific tests including a lie-detector test. Searches at various places, including his native place in Amritsar, yielded nothing and documents recovered showed nothing incriminating against him, official sources said.The NIA is trying to ascertain whether he had any role in a drug racket being run in the bordering districts of Pathankot and Gurudaspur.

On the intervening night of December 31 and January 1, Singh was kidnapped along with his jeweller friend Rajesh Verma and cook Madan Gopal by Pakistani terrorists who later attacked the Pathankot airbase. The kidnappers released Singh and the cook but slit the throat of Verma before dumping him on the road and speeding away.

The terrorists carried out an 80-hour long terror strike at the IAF base from the intervening night of January 1 and 2 in which seven security personnel were killed. Four terrorists belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammed group were killed in the attack.