Published On: Tue, Jan 5th, 2016

Punjab Police SP Salwinder Singh to be examined by security agencies

New Delhi: Security agencies, including National Investigation Agency (NIA), will thoroughly examine Punjab Police SP Salwinder Singh, who was kidnapped along with a jeweller friend and cook by the terrorists who struck at the Pathankot air base, government sources said today.

Punjab SP Salwinder Singh was kidnapped by terrorists just before the attack on Pathankot air base.

Punjab SP Salwinder Singh was kidnapped by terrorists just before the attack on Pathankot air base.

The agencies will verify the antecedents of Singh, the purpose of his visit to the secluded area in Pathankot at the odd hours and why he was not accompanied by any of his PSOs besides others, the sources said here.

Singh, jeweller Rajesh Verma and Singh’s cook were kidnapped by heavily-armed terrorists on December 31 when they were travelling in the officer’s SUV.

While Singh and the cook was freed without any harm, Verma’s throat was slit but he survived miraculously.

Even though Singh informed police about his kidnapping by the terrorists, police officers whom the SP had informed about the incident initially did not take him seriously, thus leading to some crucial hours being lost.

The SP had said that he was returning after visiting a shrine on December 31 night. Singh also said his timely information ahead of the attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot alerted security agencies and prevented a major terror strike.

PTI

About the Author