The SP had claimed he was abducted by five heavily armed men as he was returning after visiting a shrine on December 31 night. Senior police officers were allegedly wary of his claim on his abduction. The SP said his sports utility vehicle was stopped and he and two others abducted around 11.30 pm on Thursday night (December 31).

The attack at the Indian Air Force base took place around 3.30 am on Saturday (January 2)."My information was 1,000 percent true. There is no doubt about it. After I was dumped by my captors I freed myself and went to a nearby village Golpur Simbli. I told the villagers who I was. I then called up my superiors and gave them the information on my abduction."

“My information prevented a major (terror) incident. They could have done big damage had I not told about my abduction," Salwinder told the media here. Salwinder Singh, who is under transfer from the border district of Gurdaspur, said he had informed his senior officers about his abduction by suspected terrorists soon after he was dumped.

"As I told senior officers, they reached Pathankot. The police were alerted because of my information. I don't know why the delay (in responding to the abduction incident) took place," he said.

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