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Why Punjab SP's version is being suspected
Investigators are baffled by the fact that the terrorists killed the Innova taxi driver, Ikagar Singh, by slitting his throat and stabbing him and also attempted to slit the throat of the SP's friend Verma, leaving him with injuries. Why did they spare the SP, who had not a scratch?
 
Pathankot : Is senior Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh a suspect or a victim in the terrorist attack on the Pathankot air base?
 
Investigating agencies, especially the NIA, are probing the police officer's role in the incident for over 24 hours before the actual terror attack took place on Saturday.
 
The inconsistencies in the statements of Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh, his cook Madan Gopal and his jeweller-friend Rajesh Verma, regarding the same incident have made investigators curious. This has led to the SP being put under the scanner. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has been questioning all three since Tuesday evening.
 
One of the discrepancies in their statements is regarding the number of terrorists. While Verma, who travelled the most distance with the terrorists, said there were four terrorists, the police officer and his cook said they were 4-5 terrorists.
 
Another inconsistency was about the terrorists hitting them with rifle butts. While Verma and the cook had bodily injuries, the SP had none. Also, the SP claimed that he could not hear much of what the terrorists were talking among themselves. Verma said they talked to their "commander" and addressed each other as "alpha" and "major".
 
Investigators are baffled by the fact that the terrorists killed the Innova taxi driver, Ikagar Singh, by slitting his throat and stabbing him and also attempted to slit the throat of the SP's friend Verma, leaving him with injuries. Why did they spare the SP, who had not a scratch?
 
The police officer, Salwinder Singh, is claiming that he and two others were stopped in his Mahindra XUV and abducted by 4-5 heavily armed terrorists near Kolian village on Dec 31 night around 11.30. 
 
He claimed that he and the cook were dumped in a drain in a forest area by the terrorists after some distance, unharmed, but with their hands, legs and mouths tied. He said that both his mobile phones were taken away by the terrorists.
 
The cook, Gopal, however, said that the police officer still had one phone with him with which he contacted his senior.
 
Th officer's friend Rajesh Verma has claimed that the terrorists threw him in the boot of the multi-utility vehicle and drove towards the Pathankot air force base.
 
The questions being raised by investigators are:
 
Why was the SP travelling late in the night in the border belt? Why did he take that particular link road on the fateful night when, by his own admission, there was another road link to the shrine, where he claimed he had gone to offer prayers, in Kathua district of adjoining Jammu and Kashmir? He even claimed that he did not know anything about this 'short-cut' road.
 
Why was he not carrying his gunmen in the vehicle with him? Why was he not carrying his official weapon with him?
 
Being a police officer, shouldn't he have resisted the terrorists even at the cost of his own life? If he and his companions had got into a scuffle with the terrorists and the terrorists had fired at them, their presence in the area would have been known more clearly.
 
Why didn't he or his friend take any action, like throwing the keys, to somehow stop the terrorists from taking away the vehicle?
 
According to Salwinder Singh's version, he untied himself and the cook after the terrorists dumped him and called up his superior officers around 3.30 a.m. to inform them about the terrorists.
 
However, he was not taken seriously. If his immediate seniors were not taking his version seriously, did he take any steps to inform top officers in Punjab Police?
 
His SUV was found later by the police, abandoned near Akalgarh village, not far from the Pathankot Air Force Station (AFS).
 
It was only after Punjab Police put the SP's mobiles on surveillance that it was known that calls were made to Pakistan from these. This alerted the senior officers about the situation and it was shared with the concerned authorities in New Delhi.
 
Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora said that there was no delay on the part of the state police in acting on the SP's claims.
 
"It was for the first time that the NSG (National Security Guards) were deployed much before the attack. The alert was shared and arrangements were made," Arora claimed.
 
Seven security personnel were killed in the pre-dawn attack by terrorists on the air base on Saturday. Six terrorists were killed with the combat operation ending on Monday evening.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Mahesh S Bhatt

1 year ago

Enjoy the Corruptions Investments ROI 6 Security personel Lives.

God Bless Amen Mahesh

Subramani P K

1 year ago

If the regular police treatment is given to the SP he will come out with the real truth. If the investigating agency has doubts why not take him into custody & interrogate ? If he is found guilty of conniving with the terrorists to plan the attack he should be put before a firing squad & torn to pieces. Without help from the people within no attempt of this nature could be organized by an outside group. Traitors & black sheep in the security agencies both police & army should be identified & treated ruthlessly for playing with the security of the country & people.

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D S Ranga Rao

In Reply to Subramani P K 1 year ago

I fully endorse the comments of Mr. Subramani P K. The SP and his team's conduct is highly suspicious. What happened to his official driver? How an SP ranking officer can travel in a government vehicle without uniform, without his official driver but with a private person? What on the earth the so called 'cook' of the SP was cooking in the vehicle at such an odd hour?(!) Even extremists won't spare a police man, once encountered with or without uniform; then, how the SP escaped unscathed from the hands of '4-5 heavily armed terrorists', who later proved to be deadly? The matter deserves a very thorough and high-level probe and the truth must be made public meting out exemplary punishment to the SP for all his omissions and commissions, if found any.

Cabinet nod for credit guarantee fund for MUDRA Bank loans
New Delhi : The union cabinet on Wednesday approved the setting up of a credit guarantee fund for loans of Micro Units Development & Refinance Agency Ltd or MUDRA Bank.
 
The fund is expected to guarantee more than Rs.100,000 crore worth of loans to micro and small units in the first instance, the government said.
 
The cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also gave its nod to covert MUDRA Ltd to MUDRA Small Industries Development Bank of India (MUDRA SIDBI Bank) - a wholly owned subsidiary of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).
 
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech for 2015-16 had said MUDRA Bank and a credit guarantee fund was proposed to be set up with a refinance corpus of Rs.20,000 crore and Rs.3,000 crore respectively.
 
Prior to the launch of the Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY) in April, 2015, MUDRA Ltd. was set up as a subsidiary of SIDBI in March, 2015.
 
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allocated Rs 20,000 crore and the first tranche of Rs.5,000 crore has been received by MUDRA as refinance.
 
The credit guarantee fund is set up to guarantee loans given under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana. 
 
This is done to reduce the credit risk to banks, non-banking finance companies and others who are member lending institutions.
 
The guarantee would be provided on portfolio basis to a maximum extent of 50 percent of amount in default in the portfolio.
 
The National Credit Guarantee Trustee Company Ltd., a Government of India company that manages and operates various credit guarantee funds will be the fund Trustee.
 
According to the statement the MUDRA (SIDBI) Bank will undertake refinance operations and provide support services with focus on portal management; data analysis and other activities as specified by the government.
 
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Cabinet okays proposal for Hybrid Annuity based PPP model
New Delhi : The union cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal for taking up Hybrid Annuity based Public Private Partnership (PPP) model under Namami Gange Programme that aims to reform the wastewater sector in the country.
 
"Hybrid Annuity based PPP model will now be adopted to ensure performance, efficiency, viability and sustainability," an official statement said here.
 
"In this model, a part of the capital investment (up to 40 percent) will be paid by government through construction linked milestones and the balance through an annuity over the contract duration upto 20 years," it added.
 
The decision was taken at the union cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 
Keeping in view the specialized nature of this model and to scale it up in future on sustainable basis, the government is establishing a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to plan, structure, procure concessionaires, monitor implementation of such PPP projects and develop market for treated waste water through appropriate policy advocacy under overall guidance of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG).
 
The SPV will be established under the Indian Companies Act 2013 for providing required governance framework and enabling functional autonomy.
 
The SPV would enter into a Tripartite Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with participating state governments and concerned Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) for taking up individual projects.
 
These MoAs will aim at introducing reforms and regulatory measures for recovery of user charges on Polluters Pay principle, restrictions on usage of ground and fresh water for non-potable purposes through stricter monitoring and guidelines that promote reuse of treated wastewater.
 
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