The National Investigation Agency (NIA) nabbed the Pakistan-based terrorist Bahadur Ali in Kashmir in July last year, for working with terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and carrying out attacks at several places including Delhi. He was filed several provisions of IPC such as UAPA, sections of Explosives Act, Explosive Substances Act, Arms Act, Foreigners Act and the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act against Ali.
NIA has revealed that Ali was trained at a Lashkar camp in PoK. There he was trained to carry out various activities, such as map reading and operating GPS devices. He was well trained by the LeT to infiltrate Kashmir and ‘mix with locals and create trouble’.
Ali alias ‘Saifullah’, in a confessional video, has named several terror groups in Pakistan that have involvement of Pakistan in the Kashmir unrest after the death of militant Burhan Wani. Now the anti-terror probe agency is in the process of gathering further evidence of the role of Pakistan-based LeT in connection with the ongoing turbulence in the Valley for the last 33 days.
Addressing a media conference, IG NIA Sanjeev Singh said a control room of terrorist in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir was helping Ali in their motives. Moreover, Pakistani forces also aided them. He said, “Recovered articles show that terrorist was provided great references in codes. It shows very highly trained people trained him.”
Singh also informed the role of Pakistan in the current unrest in Kashmir. “We have collected all kinds of evidence. Bahadur Ali was directed to take advantage of the current situation in Kashmir,” said Singh.
In a confessional video, Ali also provided information about the LeT training camps. He said, “There were 30-50 trainees at training camps of LeT from different parts of the countries including Afghanistan-Pakistan border.”
Ali went on to describe his journey from the training camps and into India. He also mentioned how he crossed over to India on 11/12 June along with his two fellow LeT commanders. Pakistani Army’s monitoring the process was also described in the confessional video. “There were a few army officers in civilian clothes who checked our preparedness with a check-list,” he said.
During his interrogations, Ali conceded that he was informed by his handlers from a control room code-named ‘Alpha-3’, which is believed to be located at a high altitude somewhere in PoK, about the killing of Wani, a Hizbul Mujahideen militant on 8 July and unrest in the Valley that followed.