Terror attack in Punjab: Gurdaspur gunmen had come using Ravi river, had more plans

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Published: July 29, 2015 9:15:08 AM

The terrorists who attacked Gurdaspur yesterday had come from Pakistan using Ravi river and apparently had plans to target one more area, the probe has found even as images surfaced today showing three heavily-armed men in Army fatigues walking on a road.

The terrorists who attacked Gurdaspur yesterday had come from Pakistan using Ravi river and apparently had plans to target one more area, the probe has found even as images surfaced today showing three heavily-armed men in Army fatigues walking on a road.

Punjab police chief Sumedh Singh Saini said 11 unused bombs had been recovered and five of them had been defused.

Three AK-47 rifles, 17 magazines, 55 cartridges, one Rocket launcher, three hand grenades, bullet proof jackets, night vision device and heap of unused bullets were recovered from the site of the encounter, he said.

Giving details of the probe, the DGP said the terrorists had taken the route from Dhussi Bandh (Ravi river) right along the International Border to the railway track where they planted bombs and then came to Dina Nagar. The bombs were detected on time and defused.

“As per their GPS system, they first planted bombs on railway track before snatching a car from a civilian and then gained entry into the police station of Dina Nagar,” he said.

“Inspection of the bodies show they were Muslims,” he said.

In Delhi, official sources said the probe indicates that the terrorists, suspectedly belonging to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, had entered India through Bamiyal village and planned to target Gurudaspur civil lines also besides the police station.

The GPS, used by travellers to reach their destinations, was switched on by the terrorists after they crossed over into India, the sources said.

While the flow of the river was very fast, security agencies believe that the attackers used a canal to enter India and switched on the GPS.

The tracking point of one of the two GPS systems with the terrorists showed Talwandi point, Parmanand village and Dina Nagar. The other GPS system had Gurudaspur Civil Lines marked, implying that the area was also on their target list.

The terrorists were caught on a CCTV camera whose footage surfaced today. The 14-second video footage shows three men, wearing Army fatigues, having big backpacks and carrying AK assault rifles, walking down the road at 4:55 a.m. yesterday.

The images were captured by a CCTV camera placed at a shop at Taragarh intersection in Dinanagar area, just before they entered this Punjab town bordering Pakistan, SSP Gurdaspur G S Toor said today.

Saini said the terrorists, who were killed in a 12-hour-long gunbattle yesterday here, were carrying two very strong GPS systems and had planted five bombs on railway track.

Sources in Delhi said the stretch of 15 kms from the point of crossing into India was covered by the terrorists on foot before they planted five Improvised Explosive Devices on Talwandi-Amritsar railway track.

A night vision device has also been recovered from the railway tracks, they said.

The terrorists, this time, have made every attempt to hide their identity and had even removed tags on their clothes including underwears.

The terrorists were not carrying any food items except for some loose dry fruits. The terrorists were carrying three AK 47 rifles, several Chinese-made grenades, besides 10 magazines with more than 200 rounds of ammunition.

Seven people including a Superintendent of Police were killed by the three terrorists yesterday in Gurdaspur areas before a crack team of Punjab Police commandos killed all of them.

About the alert, the DGP insisted that no intelligence input was passed on to Punjab police by any intelligence agency.

He said as of now, nothing could be said about the group to which the terrorists belonged.

He ruled out any repetition of such an incident anywhere in Punjab saying police is alert enough in this regard and keeping hawk eyes.

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