Gurdaspur attack: Terrorists from Pakistan crossed Ravi river

GPS devices found on three militants killed during a terror siege at a Punjab police station suggest they came from Pakistan across Ravi river, security officials said Tuesday, a finding that could ratchet up India-Pakistan diplomatic tensions amid renewed peace efforts.

Giving details of the probe, Punjab police chief Sumedh Singh Saini said the terrorists had taken the route from Dhussi Bandh (Ravi river) right along the International Border to the railway track where they planted bombs and then came to Dina Nagar. The bombs were detected on time and defused.

“As per their GPS system, they first planted bombs on railway track before snatching a car from a civilian and then gained entry into the police station of Dina Nagar,” he said.

“The terrorists used the route of canals along the border belt and reached Bamiyal town. While observing that security in the Jammu region, which is very close, was tight, the terrorists moved towards Dinanagar town,” a police official told IANS.

Forensic examination of the gadgets indicated the terrorists slipped into India from Pakistan nearly a week before the attack in Gurdaspur district and were in the Pathankot-Gurdaspur region of Punjab for five days, perhaps surveying the area before launching their attack.

Sources said the GPS sets contained recordings of coordinates from 10.51pm on July 21, when the terrorists were in the Narot-Jaimal sector of the International Border with Pakistan. The devices were switched off after they entered the country, but details of coordinates are available for Monday morning, when the heavily-armed terrorists stormed the police station in Dinanagar town, killing seven people.

PTI reported that the the tracking point of one of the two GPS systems with the terrorists showed Talwandi point, Parmanand village and Dina Nagar. The other GPS system had Gurudaspur Civil Lines marked, implying that the area was also on their target list.

Experts say the attack in which the area’s superintendent of police, three home guards and three civilians lost their lives bore the hallmarks of a Lashkar-e-Taiba operation.

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“Deeper examination of the GPS sets is underway,” a security source told Hindustan Times. “An initial appraisal by the security forces (suggests) that the ultras were pushed into India from Pakistan in the Narot-Jaimal sector (of Punjab) on the night of July 21-22.”

A 14-second video footage surfaced on Tuesday, purportedly showing the three men in military fatigues, carrying big backpacks and assault rifles while walking down the road at 4:55 am on the day of the attack. The images were captured by a CCTV camera at a shop in Dinanagar area, just before the terrorists entered this Punjab town bordering Pakistan, said the senior superintendent of police in Gurdaspur, GS Toor.

The attack came days after the prime ministers of India and Pakistan met in Russia and agreed that top security officers from the two countries would meet to discuss counter-terrorism.

The bodies of the terrorists were brought out of the two-storey police station where they remained holed up for the most part of Monday’s gun-battle, minutes after Punjab police carried out controlled blasts of a few live shells found inside the old building.

Three AK-47 rifles, 17 magazines, 55 cartridges, one rocket launcher, three hand grenades, bullet proof jackets, night vision device and heap of unused bullets were recovered from the site of the encounter, DGP Saini said.

Forensic experts from Chandigarh scoured the police station for clues about the identity of the terrorists. The car that the gunmen hijacked and drove to the police station was also examined.

Watch: Gurdaspur terror attack: CCTV video captures three terrorists

(With inputs from PTI and IANS)

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Is Surrey becoming a capital of crime? Five targeted shootings in last two days

Police wants your help

Statement from Officer in Charge regarding shooting investigations

Over the past two days Surrey has experienced 5 shootings and 1 male from Langley was found with injuries sustained from an unrelated shooting on the Surrey/Langley border.
These incidents are of great concern and I want to assure the public that we are actively investigating each of these files. The 6 occurrences resulted in 3 injured males who all attended hospital and have since been released. The victims have been primarily uncooperative with police.
This morning a briefing was held with our investigative units as well as other partner agencies. At this point, we believe that all 6 of these shootings were targeted, and 4 are related. The most recent shooting on a residence last night and the Langley male that was shot are not believed to be connected to the first 4 shootings.
The 4 related shootings involve people who are involved in low level drug crime. From the intelligence that has been gathered so far, there is nothing to indicate that these incidents are tied to organized gangs. However, these people are clearly violent and have shown a complete disregard for public safety.
This is a critical time in our investigation and we are asking anyone with information on any of these events to contact the Surrey RCMP or Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous.
Specifically, our investigators are
interested in knowing more about the activities of 5 males who are believed to be involved in the 4 related shootings:
• Pardip BRAR (Delta resident, age 20)
• Indervir JOHAL (Surrey resident, age 21)
• Amrit KULAR (Surrey resident, age 20)
• Pardeep SINGH (Surrey resident, age 20)
• Sameh MOHAMMED (Surrey resident, age 20)
All 5 of these individuals are known to police.
In addition, we are looking for 3 vehicles that are believed to be associated to the males and shootings:
• Grey Volkswagon PASSAT or JETTA
• Black ACURA TL
• White sports utility vehicle
While we have engaged other law enforcement partners as we typically do during investigations like these, the Surrey RCMP have retained carriage of these investigations. I will reiterate that, at this point, we do not believe that any of these events are tied to high level gang activity.
For those involved in these shootings or people who know them – I ask you to think about the safety of your family, friends and the general public. The manner that you have chosen to resolve this dispute is careless and unacceptable.

For the citizens of Surrey, I offer you my commitment that we are working extremely hard on all of these events – not only to solve the cases that have occurred but to safeguard against any further incidents.
-Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy
• On March 10 at approximately 4:00AM Surrey RCMP were advised that a male had been dropped off at a local hospital suffering of gunshot injuries. Police attended the hospital and obtained the victims details but were unable to identify the origin of the man’s injuries. The 20 year old man was treated and released from hospital.
• On March 10, at 6:45PM Surrey RCMP was advised by BC Ambulance Service that they were on route to a shooting with a male victim in the area of 127th Street and 78 Avenue. The victim, a 20 year-old Surrey man, was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries. The male has since been released from hospital.
• On March 10, at 11:00PM Surrey RCMP received several reports of gunshots heard in the area of 128 Street and 76 Avenue. Police immediately attended the area but all parties had departed. Police were told by witnesses that 4 dark colored vehicles were seen departing the area at a high rate of speed immediately after the sounds of gunshots. Police were able to recover some evidence from this location.
• March 11 at 1:30PM Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a white SUV type vehicle that was seen chasing a black Acrua at a high rate of speed and once in the area of 132 Street and 80th Avenue the occupants of the white SUV shot at the black Acura. Both vehicles fled the area immediately. Police recovered shell casing from this area.
• On March 11 at approximately 11:50PM Surrey RCMP responded to a call regarding a male with a gunshot injury in the area of 193 Street and 80th Avenue. That male was transported to hospital to be treated for his injuries. The male was identified as a 28 year old Langley man. It has not been determined as to where that shooting took place. This incident appears to be drug related and targeted.
• On March 12 at approximately 3:30AM Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired at a residence in the area of 94 Avenue and 126 Street. Once police arrived all parties had departed, there have been no reports of injuries related to this shooting. Police do not feel this instance is related to the shootings for the 10th of March. Police have recovered evidence related to shots being fired from the area.