New Delhi, Aug 10: Some members of the Pakistan army were present at the Lashkar-e-Taiba camp which was planning on launching terrorists to take advantage of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. These details were revealed by Bahadur Ali, the Pakistani terrorist who was captured in Jammu and Kashmir recently.
Ali during his questioning said that there were some army personnel at the training camp who came in at the last stage. They were in civilian clothes when they came to the camp and they checked our preparedness, he also added.
"He was a highly trained operative," Inspector General of the National Investigation Agency, Sanjeev Kumar said. He had entered Kashmir to take advantage of the unrest and kill security personnel.
The National Investigation Agency has found during its investigation that Ali had been highly trained and was communicating with his handlers in codes.
Ali's arrest has given the NIA vital information about the role played by Pakistan in infiltrating terrorists. India had issued a strong warning to Pakistan on Tuesday about cross border infiltration, a charge that the country denied.
The NIA IG also said that Ali had undergone three levels of training organised by the Lashkar-e-Taiba. He was recruited by the ideological wing of the Lashkar-e-Taiba which is the Jamaat-ud-Dawa.
The Lashkar then trained him, the IG also added. The IG further added that Ali had said that there were at least 50 persons training at the same camp that he was and they were from different parts of Pakistan. There were also people from Afghanistan, he added.
Taking advantage of the unrest
The NIA has also learnt that Ali is a member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. He was trained by the outfit and was specifically sent into Jammu and Kashmir to take advantage of the unrest. Ali has also told the NIA that he was told to stand behind the stone pelters and fire at the security forces. He had even confessed that he is from Paksitan.
After capturing Ali, the security forces recovered from him three AK-47 rifles, two pistols and Rs 23,000 in cash. He says that he was to head towards a protest in the state and stand behind the stone pelters and then open fire on the police and security forces.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba has several such persons ready in Muzzaffarabad, he also says. He said that they were being sent in batches to join the stone pelters and kill security personnel. "We were told by our handlers to take full advantage of the commotion in Kashmir. We were a team of three who were fully equipped with guns and grenades," Ali.
Ali told his interrogators that he was being handled by a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Walid who was based at Muzzaffarabad, Pakistan occupied Kashmir. After my two accomplices were killed by the security forces in J&K, I stayed in touch with Walid. The stone pelters were supposed to be my cover, Ali said.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba has several such persons ready in Muzzaffarabad, he also says. He said that they were being sent in batches to join the stone pelters and kill security personnel. "We were told by our handlers to take full advantage of the commotion in Kashmir. We were a team of three who were fully equipped with guns and grenades," Ali said.
Ali says that after his two associates Dadra Bai and Saad Bai were killed, he was told by his handlers to go ahead with the plan. I was told that there would be two persons who join me and we could go ahead with the plan, he adds. However Ali was arrested by the security forces in Kashmir.