Pathankot Attack: ‘Militants Frequently Called Commander Sahib’

Gurdaspur SP’s jeweller friend Rajesh Verma said the militants were in constant touch with a “commander sahib”.

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Army being mobilised in Pathankot to neutralize the militants who attacked an Indian Air Force (IAF) base in the city on Jan 2, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

Dumped after being attacked with a knife, Gurdaspur SP, Salwinder Singh’s jeweller friend Rajesh Verma said, on Tuesday, the militants who had abducted them were in constant touch with a ‘commander sahib’. He said that the militants used to call him at an interval of every 10 minutes.

40-year-old Verma, was in the captivity for more than four hours after he was abducted along with SP Salwinder Singh and a cook on last Friday.

Verma said the militants told the ‘commander sahib’ that the area looked “peaceful” and that they would easily reach their target. Rajesh, who is recuperating in a hospital, also heard heavily-armed militants, saying “hamara kam Insha Allah fateh ho jayaga (we will achieve our mission)”. He said:

The person sitting next to the driver’s seat (in SP’s vehicle), was called ‘Major Sahib’, who in turn was talking to some ‘Commander Sahib’. The rest were not talking at all. They used to talk in Urdu, and I could not understand much except ‘Insha Allah’

When asked whether the militants used GPS, he said, “They perhaps lost their way once. The driver said this is not the right way. Then they activated (GPS), then one of them said this is the way as we have reached the area near the river.”

“I was in their custody between 12 and 4 am. I had no hope that I would be alive. Maybe god had something else in mind”, he added.

The terrorists also took Rs 2,000 from Rajesh.

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