NIA to Question SP Salwinder Singh Once Again


Chandigarh: After a day of extensive questioning on Monday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is all set to grill Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh once again today, in relation to the fatal Pathankot Air Force base terror attack.

Salwinder Singh, a prime witness in the case, was questioned for the entire day on Monday at the NIA headquarters in New Delhi. His cook, Madan Gopal, is being questioned in Punjab by the NIA investigators.

Madan Gopal may also be brought to Delhi for detailed questioning in a couple of days, Home Ministry spokesperson for Pathankot case, Satyendra Garg had announced on Monday.

Salwinder is being questioned on all aspects of the case as he was a prime witness. He will also be questioned on Tuesday again in detail and if required for yet another day,” Satyendra Garg said.

NIA officials are examining all witnesses connected to the terror attack and have any information about the terrorists. Salwinder Singh had told investigators that he was kidnapped by four terrorists on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1, and later blind-folded and dumped along with his cook.

The needle of suspicion largely pointed towards Salwinder for being left unharmed by the terrorists despite travelling in a SUV with a beacon and for inconsistencies that cropped up during his narration of the incident, right from his trip to the Panj Peer Dargah to the carjacking incident to the time he reached a police station to alert about an impending terror attack.

His jeweller friend, Rajesh Verma, who travelled along with the terrorists and escaped miraculously is also being questioned by the investigative agency. Intelligence agencies are not ruling out the possibility of Salwinder becoming a fall guy in a drug peddling racket that is rampant in Punjab. They are also examining call records of Salwinder Singh to know about any possible links to the drug mafia.

Meanwhile, a 10 member NIA team has recovered one magazine of an AK-47, a mobile phone and a binocular, the Union Home Ministry said.
A black corner notice is also being issued to the Interpol to establish the identities of the four slain terrorists. The step would increase pressure on Pakistan to provide information about the terrorists.