New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP from Sri Fatehgarh Sahib, Harinder Singh Khalsa, on Monday termed the ghastly attack in Gurdaspur as a 'total failure' of the state.
"It was ghastly and I was totally shocked to hear this. It is a total failure of the state. The Centre is largely dependent on the state intelligence and it is a failure of the state. I do not rule out the possibilities that it can be politically motivated too," he told ANI.
One militant has been killed while a Punjab Special Service Group (SSG) jawan has sustained injuries in the ongoing operations.
The death toll in the attack has now risen to eight, including six civilians and two home guards. Four civilians have also sustained injuries.
The gun battle between the security forces and alleged terrorists ensued after the latter opened fire on the police station and a bus.