Unhappy at the shoddy job done by the policemen of Hira Nagar police station in encountering three Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists, the union home ministry has sought a report from the Jammu and Kashmir police chief, Ashok Prasad.
The ministry has also asked Border Security Force (BSF) to explain how the three heavily armed terrorists managed to enter the international border and why the force which is present in good numbers at the well fenced border failed to notice them?
A red faced Army has already ordered a court of inquiry into the incident.
What has irked the union home ministry is that a sensitive police station like Hira Nagar located just 6 kilometres from the infiltration-prone Pakistan border failed to fire even a single bullet and offer any resistance to the terrorists thus allowing them a free run for 45 minutes.
The ministry having J&K cadre IAS officer Anil Goswami as the top bureaucrat, reportedly, has also asked the JK police chief Prasad why the sleuths present at the Hira Nagar police station did not engage with terrorists for full 45 minutes.
Hours before attacking 16 Cavalry unit of Army at Samba on September 25, where they created mayhem by killing a Lt Col Bikramjeet Singh among four army men, the terrorists had attacked the Hira Nagar police station in Kathua district and had killed five police personnel.
The poorly responded terror attack had almost managed to derail talks between Prime Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York on the side lines of UN general assembly session.
The talks finally took place after Pakistan promptly and unequivocally deplored the attack and Singh stood his ground.