Gurdaspur attack: Rajnath says GPS data shows terrorists had infiltrated from Pakistan

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New Delhi, July 30, 2015

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the preliminary analyses of GPS data indicated that the terrorists who attacked the Dinanagar police station in Gurdaspur district of Punjab on July 27 had infilrated from Pakistan through the area near Tash,  where the Ravi river enters Pakistan. 
In a suo motu statement in the Rajya Sabha, he said it was also suspected that the same terrorists planted the five improvised explosive devices (IEDs) which were discovered on the same day on a railway track near Talwandi village between Dinanagar and Jhakoladi and which were subsequently defused by a bomb disposal squad. One night vision device was also recovered from that spot, he said.
In all, three civilians, three Home Guards and a police officer lost their lives in the terror attack. In addition, ten civilians and seven security forces personnel were injured, he said.
All the three terrorists were neutralized by the security forces in the nearly twelve-hour gun battle that followed.
Mr Singh offered condolences on behalf of the gonvernment to the families of the civilians and security forces personnel killed in the terror attack and wished speedy recovery for the injured persons.
Giving details of the attack, Mr Singh said three heavily armd terrorists, dressed in army uniforms, first snatched a Maruti car from the outskirts of Dinanagar after opening fire at its occupant.
Subsequently, they opened fire indiscriminately in the area around the bus stand of the town and also fired at a Punjab Roadways bus coming from Bamial. 
Subsequently, the terrorists entered the Dinanagar police station and opened fire at the sentry standing on guard duty.
During the firing at the police station, Home Guard Rajinder Kumar and Home Guard Ashok Kumar were injured. Sub-inspector Mukhtiar Singh, the Station House Officer of the police station, who was inside and rushed out, was also fired upon and injured. 
The terrorists tried to enter the police station building while firing in an indiscriminate manner. Head constable Ram Lal, the night munshi of the police station, grabbed the weapon of the sentry and bravely battled the terrorists. He ran inside the police station and bolted the door from inside, preventing the terrorists from entering the building. 
Mr Singh said that, due to the indiscriminate firing at this spot, three patients undergoing treatment at Kiran Hospital, adjoining the police station building, received bullet injuries and two of whom succumbed to their injuries. 
The terrorists thereafter went to the premises behind the police station and entered the building being used as the office of the local detachment of the Punjab Home Guards, while firing indiscriminately. Three home guard officials present in this structure sustained bullet injuries and succumbed to their injuries. 
Mr Singh said police reinforcements were immediately rushed to the police station and senior police officers, including the Director General of Police, Punjab reached the spot to supervise the operations against the terrorists. 
"The Punjab Police engaged the terrorists effectively and made all efforts to apprehend them and prevent their escape and also prevent collateral damage. In the end, all the three terrorists were neutralized in this successful operation," he said.
He said Mr. Baljeet Singh, Superintendent of Police (Detective), Gurdaspur, who was leading from the front, was killed during the operations.
"The Punjab Police have recovered a number of incriminating material including three AK 47 rifles, 19 magazines and two GPS from the dead terrorists, which are being analyzed for further necessary action. I place on record my sincere appreciation for the successful operation conducted by the Punjab Police," he said.
"The Ministry of Home Affairs monitored the situation closely and was in constant touch with the Punjab Government. The Army and NSG (National Security Guard) were placed on standby to support the Punjab Police operations. I personally spoke to the Chief Minister of Punjab and assured him of all assistance from the Central Government. The BSF (Border Security Force) and the Army were also placed on high alert along the border," he said.
Mr Singh said that, during the last one month, there were five attempts at cross-border infiltration in the Jammu & Kashmir sector, out of which four were interdicted and eight terrorists neutralized.
In the remaining one instance, the terrorists went back after effective retaliation by the Indian forces, he said.
The security forces in the border are alert but the difficult terrain coupled with recent heavy rains, resulting in excess flow in the rivers and canals along the border, could have been a factor, in this particular group sneaking into Punjab," he said.
"I assure the Hon’ble Members that any effort by the enemies of our nation, to undermine India’s territorial integrity and security, or imperil the safety and security of our citizens will meet an effective and forceful response from our security forces. Government has been, and will remain, resolute in this regard.
"I take this opportunity to assure the House that the Government is firmly committed to root out terrorism from India. I also assure the House that the Government will do everything possible to prevent cross-border terrorism aimed against India," he added.

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