Pathankot attack: NIA wants lie detector test on SP

19 January 2016

Three weeks after terrorists attacked the Pathankot air base, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is likely to move court for conducting a polygraph or lie detector test on Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh.

According to reports, there is a lapse between the time Salwinder says he visited a shrine and that given by the shrine head.

Salwinder also has been unable to explain why it took him close to three hours to cover a 10 km distance from the shrine to the spot from where he was abducted.

The NIA had issued summons to Salwinder Singh, who is at present Assistant Commandant of 75th battalion of Punjab Armed Police, to appear before the agency for questioning as there were some discrepancies in his statement to the NIA and Punjab Police.

Salwinder Singh had claimed that he, along with his cook and a friend, were abducted by terrorists on his way back from Panj Pir shrine. Singh has been under the scanner for giving contradictory versions of his story.

Singh, along with his jeweller friend Rajesh Verma and cook Madan Gopal, were allegedly kidnapped by terrorists on the night of 31 December and 1 January before they entered the IAF base in Pathankot and carried out a terror strike on the following night in which seven security personnel including a Lieutenant Colonel of the National Security Gurard were killed.

Singh was recently shunted as SP (headquarters) of Gurdaspur following allegation of breach of discipline. Three weeks after the terrorist attacked the Pathankot airbase

Allegedly kidnapped and released by terrorists before the Pathankot terror attack, Singh was questioned for the fifth consecutive day last week at the NIA headquarters in Delhi.

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