New Delhi: National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Wednesday confirmed that the captured Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Bahadur Ali was sent to India to take advantage of current situation in Kashmir.
Addressing a press conference, IG NIA Sanjeev Singh said, the 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 Pakistan-occupied Kashmir with the help of Pakistani forces.
The NIA official said the LeT centre at PoK is situated at a high altitude and named as Alpha 3.
Stressing on Pakistan Army's involvement in training the LeT cadre, NIA said, "The sophisticated arms, ammunitions and equipment recovered from terrorist Ali show that he was trained by military experts."
Pakistani national Bahadur Ali alias Abu Saifullah is a son of Mohd Haneef resident of village Jia Bagga, Tehsil Raiwind, district Lahore in the state of Punjab, Pakistan. He was born on 17, 1995 in the village of Jia Bagga and was arrested by Indian authorities in Jammu and Kashmir on July 25, 2016 with weapons AK-47 rifle, live rounds, grenades, grenade launcher etc as also sophisticated communication equipment and other material of Pakistani/international origin, the NIA said.
When Ali was arrested, security officials recovered AK-47 guns, radio sets, compass, GPS, and possessed very sophisticated equipments such as GPS, compass, maps and Japanese Icon sets.
The IG said Ali was sent to India to take advantage if the unrest in the Valley and mix with the locals and create disturbance and attack security forces with grenades.
The NIA is probing the role of LeT in the present unrest in Kashmir Valley which started after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani.
Divulging further details about the captured terroirist, the NIA official said, Ali was recruited by Hafiz Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawaah and subsequently LeT radicalised him.
During interrogation Ali revealed that he underwent all the three training camps of LeT. He said that there were 30-50 trainees at training camps of LeT from different parts of the countries including Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Bahadur Ali said that there were a few Army officers in civilian clothes who checked their preparedness.
The Lashkar cadre crossed into Indian side on either 11th or 12th June along with two LeT cadres, NIA confirmed.
Bahadur Ali was arrested by Indian authorities in J&K on July 25.