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Gurdaspur SP gets clean chit in Pathankot attack case: Sources

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New Delhi: Salwinder Singh, Senior Punjab Police officer who was being probed from the past couple of weeks by the National Investigation Agency in connection with the Pathankot terror strike has been let go with a clean chit after a series of tests including a lie detector test revealed nothing against him, official sources said.

A Superintendent of Police-rank officer, Singh has been questioned multiple times in the last two weeks.
Official sources revealed that raids at various places against him including his native place in Amritsar found nothing and added that documents recovered showed nothing incriminating against him.

The NIA was trying to find out whether the senior cop had any role in the drug racket being run in the bordering districts of Pathankot and Gurudaspur.

Singh, in his statement had said that he was driving with his cook and a jeweller friend on the night of December 31 when men wearing fatigues and armed with AK-47s stopped his car. He says the men then took his car, abandoning his cook and him, gagged and bound, on the road.

Singh’s car was then used by the terrorists from Pakistan to approach the 2000-acre air force base at Pathankot, which they reportedly entered by scaling a 10-foot high wall with a rope. The attack, conducted by them and another pair of terrorists, commenced pre-dawn on Saturday.

Seven military men were martyred and 20 injured before the base was secured nearly 80 hours later.

In what has been called a major security lapse, after Singh managed to free himself and alerted his superiors about the car-jacking, the case was treated as one of armed robbery.

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