Captured LeT terrorist Bahadur Ali trained by Pak military experts: NIA

New Delhi: Lashkar-e-Taiba (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 PoK with the help of Pakistani forces, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said on Wednesday.

According to the NIA investigation, arms and ammunitions training given to Bahadur Ali shows the involvement of military experts.

Bahadur Ali crossed over to the Indian side on either June 11 or 12 along with two LeT cadres. He was tasked with taking advantage of the current situation in the Kashmir Valley, NIA IG Sanjeev Kumar said.

Ali was recruited by Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and then radicalised by LeT, he added. Ali underwent all three training process organised by LeT.

There were 30-50 trainees at training camps of LeT from different countries including Afghanistan and Pakistan, the NIA investigation of Bahadur Ali has revealed. A few Pakistan army officers in civilian clothes checked their preparedness for infiltration with a check-list.

The terrorists were well connected across the border. When terrorist Haider was approaching the barbed wire fencing at the LoC, he was constantly communicating with somebody, said Kumar.

The NIA IG said that Bahadur Ali had made his disclosures on camera. He remains in NIA custody.

The NIA is probing the role of LeT in the present unrest in Kashmir Valley which has happened after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani.

Arrested in an encounter in Kupwara, Ali was on July 30 remanded in NIA custody for 12 days by a Special NIA court.

Ali was captured by the security forces earlier on July 26 during an encounter with the infiltrators.

Ali’s two accomplishes were killed in the encounter. The Army had recovered three AK-47 rifles, two pistols and Indian currency worth Rs. 23,000 from his possession.

Ali was the second Pakistani terrorist captured alive by Indian forces in the last two months in Kashmir.

Ali, alias Saifullah had later confessed that he was from Jahama village of Raiwind in Lahore and he had entered Indian territory along with two other terrorists to exploit the unrest in Kashmir.

Ali also confessed that he had received terror training at Lashkar camp in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. He was also trained for map reading and handling GPS devices.