Pathankot Probe: NIA Summons Caretaker of Shrine SP Singh Visited
NIA questions the caretaker of the shrine SP Salwinder Singh visited on 31 December, before the Pathankot attack.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has summoned Somraj, caretaker of the shrine in Punjab that SP Salwinder Singh claimed to have visited before the terror attack on the air base in Pathankot, Punjab.
Somraj is the caretaker of Panj Peer Dargah in Bamiyal, the village from where the terrorists were suspected to have infiltrated India before mounting the attack, official sources said.
SP Salwinder Singh claims to have visited the shrine before being kidnapped by armed gunmen who later attacked the stratergically important air base of Pathankot air base.
According to Somraj, SP Salwinder Singh, accompanied his jeweller friend Rajesh Verma and his butler Madan Gopal on their second visit to the shrine on the same day.
SP Salwinder Singh is being questioned by the NIA since 11 January. His questioning will continue till 13 January.
The NIA has already summoned Madan Gopal to its headquarters on Wednesday for questioning.
NIA teams are also visiting places in Samba and Kathua regions in Jammu and Kashmir as they see similarities between the terrorist attacks in the two places and the one on the Pathankot air base.
The terror probe agency has sent his mobile phone to Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) to ascertain its ownership and calls made from it possibly by the terrorists involved in the 80-hour gun battle with security forces.
The Jaish-e-Mohammad is suspected to be responsible for the attack.
The central agency had launched investigation immediately after terrorists struck inside the IAF base on the intervening night of 1 and 2 January.
NIA also recovered a magazine with seven live bullets from the scene of encounter at the IAF base on Tuesday.
A 10-member NIA team involved in the search operations has already recovered an AK-47 magazine, mobile phone and binoculars, sources said.
(With inputs from PTI.)
(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)
Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.