New Delhi, JuIy 28: "I am from Pakistan and I had come here to kill Indians". This is what Saifulla Bahadur Ali, the terrorist who was captured on Wednesday, told the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Like all the other Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, he too was launched into India from Muzzaffarabad.
The NIA which has been grilling Ali has learnt that he along with two others had taken the help of a local guide and entered India.
"I along with Saad Bai and Darda Bai entered India with the help of a local guide. Our aim was carry out a series of strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and we had been trained specifically for that. We felt that this was the right time to enter India since there are protests in the state and infiltration would be easier," Ali further tells the NIA.
I am from Pakistan
The NIA confronted him several times about his nationality and what he was doing in Kupwara at the time of the arrest. He said, "I am a Pakistani. I belong to the Raiwind area in Lahore. I had joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba a few years back and trained with them at their camp at Muzzafarabad," he also said.
He said that Saad and Darda had entered along with him. Both were however killed in an encounter a few days back by the security forces. I decided to carry on with the mission. I was just awaiting orders and the Lashkar-e-Taiba told me that they would send two more persons in order to complete the task. We were asked to target the police and the security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir," he further told the NIA.
"I was subject to Daur-e-Khas and Daur-e-Aman. While on one hand I was told how to use weapons and carry out attacks, there were a series of classes that I underwent where I was told about atrocities in Kashmir.
All through my training programme they made me read through scripts relating to the atrocities in Kashmir and I was further told that I should be avenging it," Ali, who is now in the custody of the NIA in Delhi, also said.