Replying to a question if the Gurdaspur incident was the result of an intelligence failure, Gill said: “Intelligence inputs are of general nature and even in cases where specific information is available, there is lack of communication between those who get it and those who need to use it. The intelligence about infiltration, for instance in this case, would have never reached the Punjab Police.”
“The sad part is that everything gets politicised. Even this incident is being used by politicians to criticise the working of the police. Politicians do not have the objectivity to go beyond their petty interests and give the police its due. When a policeman is fighting terrorists, he is not thinking who is ruling the state. His training is such that it gives him the urge to fight for the nation,” said Gill.
When pointed out that the Punjab cops were neither trained nor equipped to handle the situation and SP Baljit Singh’s life could have been saved had the situation been tackled professionally, Gill said it was impossible to expect perfection in such operations. “Every operation has its complications and mistakes made at the spur of the moment can be reduced only through sustained training,” he added.
When asked if terrorism would make a comeback in Punjab, Gill said Punjab’s people had rejected terrorism. “That is their resolve and that is what matters. Just see how the driver of the bus attacked by the terrorists at Dinanagar saved the passengers’ lives. There was all-round support to the police. There is a lobby which has been saying that Punjab terrorism was not handled in a right way. They are mischievous, motivated people. I have seen how life has come back on track after the end of terrorism in Punjab,” he said.