Pathankot attack: NIA note on JIT visit speaks of only 4 terrorists
New Delhi, Apr 2: The note by the National Investigation Agency post the visit by the Joint Investigation Team from Pakistan states that it had given the identity of the four terrorists involved in the Pathankot attack.
The note reads, "The NIA shared with JIT the identity and the address of the 4 terrorists and requested the JIT to confirm the same." NIA presented the JIT with concrete evidence against the office bearers of JeM who conspired in the attack and the handlers of the terrorists who facilitated and guided them.
This would indicate that there is still a great deal of confusion regarding the number of terrorists that were present at the air base. While four terrorists were killed on day one and the Home Minister even announced that the operation was over, the NSG said that it was still engaged in battling two more of them.
As per the version of the NSG, there were two more terrorists still holed up at the air base and they were later killed in an encounter that lasted 60 hours.
Another forensic report
When the NIA commenced its probe there were traces of only four terrorists. In fact the bodies of the four had been recovered and the pictures too sent to the media by the NIA.
However the mystery over the remaining two terrorists continued. The NIA felt that the bodies may have been charred beyond recognition and hence they were unable to retrieve the bodies.
Doubts were also raised when the investigators found that certain rugs in the area where the two terrorists were said to have been had not been burnt entirely. The NIA then collected the charred remains from the spot and sent it for a forensic test.
After much delay and two reminders, the test report was submitted and it stated that there was a presence of two more persons, but the DNA test could not be done since the bodies had been charred.
The NIA was however not entirely convinced and did not want to take chances. The agency sought for another report.
While dealing with Pakistan one does not want to take chances and any wrong information could prove fatal to the investigation and also the trial. The NIA wants to be doubly sure and hence sent the samples for re-examination.