Hours after Pakistan rejected India’s charge of infiltration in Kashmir on Wednesday, the National Investigation agency said that the arrested Pakistani national Bahadur Ali was regularly guided by the control room of terrorist groups in PoK with the help of Pakistani forces.
Speaking to media, NIA’s IG Sanjeev Kumar Singh said, “LeT terrorist and Pakistani national Bahadur Ali, who was captured recently in North Kashmir, was regularly guided by the control room of terrorist groups in PoK with the help of Pakistani forces. We have collected all kinds of evidences. Bahadur Ali was directed to take advantage of current situation in Kashmir.”
“Recovered articles show that terrorist was provided great references in codes. It shows very highly trained people trained him,” NIA said
Stating that NIA is probing the role of LeT in the present unrest in Kashmir Valley which has come up after the killing of Burhan Wani, Singh said, “He was recruited by Jamaat-ud-Dawa, subsequently LeT radicalised him. Arms and ammunitions training were given to LeT terrorists. Bahadur Ali show the involvement of military experts. He underwent all three training processes organised by LeT.”
The investigation agency also said that Ali crossed into the Indian side on either June 11 or 12 along with two LeT cadres.
Amid growing strain in ties, India on Tuesday had summoned Basit and handed him a ‘strong demarche’ over Pakistan’s continued support to cross-border terrorism. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar lodged a strong protest over the issue as he made a specific reference to LeT terrorist and Pakistani national Bahadur Ali, who was captured recently in North Kashmir during an encounter.
Ali, born in the Zia Bagga village of Lahore, was arrested by Indian authorities in Jammu and Kashmir on July 25 with weapons (AK 47 rifle, live rounds, grenades, grenade launcher etc) and also sophisticated communication equipment and other material of Pakistani/ international origin, according to the demarche issued to Basit.