The cases were initially registered by local police stations in Pathankot that were transferred and handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), a central probe agency that was set up after the audacious 26/11 Mumbai terror strike to probe all terror cases in the country.

The first case pertains to Superintendent of Police Salwant Singh's abduction and the second that of killing of taxi driver Ikagar Singh. Both the cases were registered at Narot Jaimal Singh Police Station in Pathankot district.
The third and the main case, registered at Police Station Division No. 2 Pathankot, relates to the terrorist attack on the Air Force Station at Pathankot.
A 20-member team of NIA led by an Inspector General-ranking officer has been camping at Pathankot since January 2 to supervise the ongoing investigations. An officer of the rank of Superintendent of Police has been appointed as the Chief Investigating Officer of the case.
The NIA will take over the evidence and custody of the bodies of terrorists once the Army and NSG give clearance that the Pathankot operation is over, the sources said.

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