Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 22
After a number of unsuccessful makes an attempt over the previous few months, terrorists, allegedly aided by Pakistan businesses and community in Canada, struck outdoors an Army camp in delicate Pathankot district late final night.
The assault and delayed response have but once more delivered to fore the vulnerability of this district, which borders Pakistan and terrorism-hit Jammu and Kashmir. While the incident befell round 9 pm on Sunday, security forces swung into action solely after 10 pm.
The space was cordoned off previous midnight as initially it was suspected some youths had been bursting crackers. The main alert appeared to have been sounded within the morning solely.
The state authorities has admitted to the security lapse. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who additionally holds the Home portfolio, in a press release mentioned it had come to his discover sufficient patrolling was not carried out at night time. He directed all commissioners and SSPs to arrange an obligation roster of gazetted officers in respective areas.
“I can randomly test the placement of the obligation officer by way of video calling,” mentioned Randhawa, including strict action could be initiated towards erring officers.
Meanwhile, Principal Secretary, Home, Anurag Verma has issued letters to the DGP, ADGP (Law & Order), Commissioners and SSPs on this regard asking them to observe the instructions of the Deputy CM in true spirit.
On his half, Pathankot SSP Surinder Lamba mentioned: “We have gained some essential leads from the CCTV footage. Persons driving three bikes had been seen within the footage. We are looking for out which one hurled the grenade.” The area had seen two main assaults earlier, together with one at Air Force Station, Pathankot, in January 2016 and the opposite at Dinanagar in August 2015. The assault comes forward of the Assembly elections.
- While the incident befell round 9 pm on Sunday, security forces swung into action solely after 10 pm. Area was cordoned off previous midnight
- Pathankot SSP Surinder Lamba, nevertheless, mentioned the incident was reported round 10 pm they usually took crucial action as per the SOP