Pathankot attack: Gurdaspur SP was not a regular visitor to Panj Pir Dargah, claims shrine keeper
The keeper of Panj Pir Dargah to which Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh claimed to be a frequent visitor has denied seeing him before at the shrine.
Pathankot: The role of Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police (SP) Salwinder Singh, who was abducted and later left unhurt by the terrorists during Pathankot onslaught, has come under scanner as the keeper of Panj Pir Dargah to which Singh claimed to be a frequent visitor has denied seeing him before at the shrine.
As per a CNN-IBN report, Som – the caretaker of the shrine – has revealed that at around 8:30 pm on December 31 Singh had called him to keep the gates of the shrine open. However, when he told Singh that it was time to close the shrine gates, the SP forced him to follow his orders.
Refuting Singh's claims that he has been a regular visitor to the shrine, Som said that he had never seen him before at the religious place.
He further revealed that Singh's jeweller friend Rajesh Verma, who had never been to the shrine earlier, had also visited the shrine on the same day twice.
The shrine is said to be just a few kilometers away from Bamiyal area in Punjab from where the terrorists are believed to have infiltrated.
The SP might have played a crucial role in the Pathankot attacks as it is believed that he could have also provided logistical support to the terrorists, claims CNN-IBN report.
Singh during initial questioning had claimed that he was abducted by heavily-armed terrorists and later released unharmed.