Price to Enter Pathankot Base is Rs 50 – NIA Denies Media Reports

NIA denies source-based media reports saying villagers were allowed inside Pathankot air base for Rs 50.

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A soldier stands guard on a rooftop of a building outside the Pathankot airbase on Saturday, 2 January 2016. (Photo: AP)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has another set of fingers pointing at it after the debacle in Pathankot as another possible lapse in security of the air base is gaining light.

According to media reports, NIA sources have claimed that the security outside the Pathankot air base allowed villagers entry into the air base with their cattle for a price of Rs 50.

This may shed light on the much speculated aspect of how the terrorists entered the strategically important base of the Indian Air Force.

Seven Indian security personnel were killed and six terrorists were neutralised after a three-day long gunbattle.

Also read: Pathankot Attack: NIA Focuses on 10 Points to Unravel Plot

The NIA has however, denied the reports.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) strong denied the news appearing in certain sections of electronic media which have quoted NIA sources that “locals were allowed to enter the Pathankot Air base with their cattle if they paid Rs 50”. NO such fact has been found in on-going investigation.

NIA Statement

A Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad is suspected to be responsible for the attack. However, the route and the means of attaining the Army fatigue they were caught wearing, remains unknown.

Reports such as these are bound to make the NIA’s job difficult especially after the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar agreed to security lapses – defence and civilian – in Pathankot.

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