Punjab, 30 Nov: Nearly one year after the Pathankot air base camp attack, it is worth appalling that the centre government is still unclear about the number of attackers who killed Seven Indian guerillas.
As MoS (Home) told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that four militants were involved in the incident while Rajnath Singh claimed that there were six attackers.
Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said on Tuesday that four militants had sneaked in Punjab . “Four Pakistan-based terrorists entered Punjab via Janial road, Dhusi turn, near Ravi river bridge, Gulpur Simli village, Akalgarh, and attacked the air force station in Pathankot,” Ahir told the Lok Sabha.
The statement is contrary to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s claim that six militants attacked the IAF base on January 2.
However, a senior ministry official informed that the government believes that six militants were involved in the attack as per a forensic report.
“Forensic reports confirmed the presence of two more attackers. It was on the basis of these reports that home minister Rajnath Singh informed Parliament in March that six attackers were involved. The ministry will make a suo moto correction on Wednesday,” the official told Hindustan Times.
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi on Wednesday reportedly told concerned authorities to make the correction in parliamentary records.
The National Investigation Agency is almost done with preparing the chargesheet in the case.
The agency is framing charges against four militants because there has been no concrete proof to prove the presence of two more militants during the attack. The theory about the presence of two more militants is based on samples found at the site that had human remains. However, their bodies were never found from the site.