Ultras in Gurdaspur attack came from Pak., Rajnath tells RS

Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh.  


Unsubstantiated assertion, says Islamabad.

The Union government said on Thursday that “conclusive evidence” linked the recent Gurdaspur terror attack to Pakistan.

Islamabad, however, >sharply denied the statement, and accused New Delhi of making “unsubstantiated and unwarranted assertions” that could prove a threat to peace and security in the region.

Making a statement on the attacks in the Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said preliminary analyses of the data from the >GPS units recovered from the militants indicated that the terrorists had infiltrated from Pakistan through areas near Tash in Gurdaspur, where the Ravi river entered Pakistan.

“It is also suspected that the same terrorists planted five IEDs [improvised explosive devices] on the railway track near Talwandi village between Dinanagar and Jhakoladi. One night-vision device was also recovered from this spot,” he said.

Speaking outside the House, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said “overwhelmingly conclusive” evidence proved that the Gurdaspur attackers came from across the border.

On whether India would call off talks with Pakistan, Mr. Jaitley said: “… that is a view the government will take and the External Affairs Ministry will take.”

Bag triggers panic in Gurdaspur

A black polythene bag placed suspiciously near the bus stand on Thursday triggered panic in this town which saw a major terror strike only four days back.

A large posse of the Punjab Police, accompanied by bomb disposal team, reached the spot which was cordoned off.

“We had received information that a black polythene bag had been found lying in suspicious circumstances near the bus stand. The bomb disposal team had reached the spot and the area had been cordoned off,” Gurdaspur SSP G. S. Toor said.

Later, the call turned out to be a hoax as nothing dangerous was found, police sources said.

Mr. Toor said nothing dangerous was found in the bag after its examination, however, police immediately launched a search operation in the Secretary Mohalla from where the bag was found.

Police said a pedestrian noticed the “bomb-like object”, which was wrapped in a black polythene and placed in a narrow street, where some schools are also located in the vicinity.

A bomb squad team from Maharaja Ranjit Singh police training academy also reached the spot.

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