Bengaluru, Aug 11: The interrogation of Pakistani terrorist Bahadur Ali reveals the kind of technology that the Lashkar-e-Taiba uses to stage and carry out attacks in India. Bahadur Ali was arrested by the security forces last week in Jammu and Kashmir.
He was ordered to take advantage of the unrest in the Valley, mingle with the stone pelters and then hurl grenades at the security forces.
His questioning reveals that he was highly trained not just in terms of using arms and ammunition but technology as well. The manner in which he was guided by his handlers in Muzaffarnagar also shows the extent up to which technology had been used.
For instance engineering modifications done on ICOM RT sets (made in Japan) to cover whole range of VHF frequency, requires high degree of precision engineering in electronics.
Providing the terrorists with specific Grid References for the route to be followed and use of GPS, compass and topographical sheets during movement also establish that these LeT terrorists were trained and mentored by military experts, the National Investigation Agency says.
Bahadur Ali was constantly guided and directed by the LeT control centre Alpha-3, which was available on a prefixed frequency on ICOM handsets, being carried by the terrorists. As per Bahadur Ali and other available evidence, control centre Alpha-3 is a fixed communication centre, established at a high altitude peak in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, which is operated with support from Pakistani forces.
Once the terrorists are inside Indian territory, Alpha-3 guides, directs and controls their operations.
Whenever required, Alpha-3 arranges tactical and material support through previously identified contacts. During communications with Bahadur Ali, Alpha-3 told that the LeT cadres had been successful in fuelling large scale agitation in Kashmir after EID subsequent to the death of Burhan Wani in Kashmir.
Ali said that his group of terrorists was launched after being staged forward at their Dett (detachment) near the line of control between India and Pakistan. This Dett is headed by a senior member of LeT who provides arms and ammunition as well as other accessories like GPS, Night Vision Devices, Compass, Grenades, grenade launchers, maps, matrix sheets, food packets, dry ration, medicines etc.
Bahadur Ali was launched from Mandakuli Dett. Abu Haider was the Commander at the Dett. They were repeatedly shown the infiltration route on Google maps on a LCD TV. Simultaneously, they were shown videos of landmarks available on the route.
They were also made to write their own communication codes for communicating with the control centre (Alpha-3). Bahadur Ali said that a few army officers in civilian clothes visited the Dett and briefed them and checked their preparedness.
Bahadur Ali said that officers were referred as Major sahib and Captain sahib. This corroborates the statement made by Md. Naveed, another Pakistani national, who was arrested in the BSF convoy attack at Udhampur in August 2015.
Recruited at 13
Bahadur Ali was recruited in Jamaat ud Dawa (JUD) by close aides of Hafiz Sayeed in the year 2008-2009, at the tender age of 13 years and he was given the task of collecting Jihad funds in his village.
Subsequently, Moulana Abdur Rahim, who belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), radicalised him and made him join the LeT by showing video films of alleged atrocities on Muslims in different parts of the world including India and exhorting youth to undertake jihad against India to establish Islamic rule there.
Bahadur Ali also served in the office of the front end NGO of LeT by the name of Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) at Lahore, Pakistan.