Gurdaspur attackers came from Pakistan: Home Min

RSTV Bureau
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Gurdaspur: security personnel inside Dina Nagar police station after the encounter on Monday. Photo – PTI

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the Upper house of the Parliament that the assailants of terrorist attack in Punjab earlier this week had come from across the border in Pakistan. The Union Home minister said this while making a statement before the house as they had earlier committed. The Parliament resumed today after a two-day recess, post an obituary reference on the demise of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on Monday evening.

“Preliminary analyses of GPS data indicates that the terrorists had infiltrated from Pakistan through the area near Tash in Gurdaspur district, where the Ravi river enters Pakistan,” Rajnath Singh said in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

“Govt is committed to give a befitting reply to those who try to undermine India’s security,” the Union Home minister added further in his statement.

Three policemen and four civilians were killed when three fidayeen attacked the city of Gurdaspur in Punjab. The assailants had stormed into Dina Nagar police station in Gurdaspur on Monday after carjacking one Maruti 800 and firing at the passenger bus. In the encounter that lasted over 12 hours, all the three terrorists were killed by the security forces.

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New Delhi: Members protest in the well of the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo – PTI

According to the investigators, apart from the GPS device, lot of ammunition was recovered at the encounter site. 11 unused bombs, three AK-47 rifles, 17 magazines, 55 cartridges, one Rocket launcher, three hand grenades, bullet proof jackets, night vision device and heap of unused bullets were found in the custody of dead terrorists.

Making a statement in Rajya Sabha amidst pandemonium, Rajnath Singh said, “any effort by the enemies of our nation to undermine India’s territorial integrity and security or imperil the safety and security of our citizens will meet an effective and forceful response from our security forces”.

The Rajya Sabha was, however, adjourned after the brief statement of Union Home minister with the Opposition members unrelenting in their protest against Modi government.

The incident took place early on Monday when three heavily armed terrorists first attacked the roadside eatery off the Amritsar-Pathankot state highway killing one person followed by snatching a Maruti 800 car after injuring its occupant. They then opened an indiscriminate fire on the moving Punjab roadways bus on route to Gurdaspur from Jammu. The bus was coming to Punjab side from Jammu and Kashmir on the highway. The attackers then stormed the nearby Dinanagar Police Station and opened fire at the police personnel giving way to a 12 hours long encounter.

The dead included three civilians and four personnel of Punjab Police, including an SP rank officer Baljit Singh. Besides, fifteen others were left injured.

(With inputs from the PTI)