NIA files charges against Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Bahadur Ali for conspiring attacks across India

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a chargesheet against Pakistani national Bahadur Ali, who was arrested in Kashmir in July last year, alleging that he was working for terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and was planning to carry out attacks at several places including Delhi.

The agency filed the chargesheet under various provisions of IPC, UAPA, sections of Explosives Act, Explosive Substances Act, Arms Act, Foreigners Act and the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act against Ali, who has been in judicial custody since August.

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Bahadur Ali told NIA that LeT had tasked a different group with the job of multiple attacks against India. Image courtesy: YouTube screengrab

According to sources, the chargesheet, filed before district judge Amar Nath, claimed that the recent unrest in Kashmir Valley had been orchestrated by Pakistan-based LeT. The agency claimed that since summer last year, the banned outfit, with the "help of Pakistani forces deployed on the border", pushed heavily armed terrorists into India with a direction to mix with local people, create disturbance and attack police and security forces.

CNN-News18 quoted sources who told the channel that even though Ali was questioned post Uri attacks, he could not reveal much. Ali told NIA that LeT, suspected to be behind the Uri attack, had tasked a different group with the job and he or his group only knew that multiple attacks were planned by Lashkar in Jammu and Kashmir.

NIA, in its chargesheet, also alleged that along with his associates, Ali had planned terror attacks to destabilise the security and sovereignty of India. The pocket diary recovered from Ali, among other things, contains the names of several towns in Jammu and Kashmir besides Delhi, the chargesheet claims.

It alleged that given the fact that Ali is a trained cadre of the LeT, the inclusion of the names of these towns/cities in the diary indicates that he was tasked to carry out terror attacks at several places, including Delhi.

A special court on 19 December had extended the judicial custody of Ali till 18 January.

A fourth-class dropout, Ali, who hails from Jahama village of Raiwind in Lahore, was arrested from village Yahama in Mawar area of Qalamabad, Handwara, in North Kashmir on 25 July. The army had claimed to have recovered three AK-47 rifles, two pistols and Rs 23,000 in Indian currency from his possession.

According to NIA, Ali was trained at a Lashkar camp in PoK to carry out various activities, including map reading and operating GPS devices.

In August 2016, armed with the confessional statement of an alleged Pakistani LeT operative, the NIA confirmed that Ali, who was captured in Jammu and Kashmir last month, is a terrorist with the terror outfit LeT. They said that Ali was trained by the LeT to infiltrate Kashmir and 'mix with locals and create trouble'.

The anti-terror probe agency also said it is gathering further evidence regarding the role of Pakistan-based LeT in the ongoing turbulence in the Valley for the last 33 days. In a confessional video, Ali alias 'Saifullah' also named various terror groups in Pakistan and confirmed the involvement of Pakistan in the Kashmir unrest following the death of militant Burhan Wani.

Addressing a media conference, IG NIA Sanjeev Singh said Ali was guided by the control room of terrorist groups in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir aided by Pakistani forces. He said, "Recovered articles show that terrorist was provided great references in codes. It shows very highly trained people trained him."

He also hinted on the role of Pakistan in the current unrest in Kashmir. "We have collected all kinds of evidences. Bahadur Ali was directed to take advantage of current situation in Kashmir," said Singh.

In a confessional video, Ali gave information on 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."

The NIA's comments came a day after India handed over a "strong demarche" to Pakistan over its continued support to cross-border terrorism in India.

Ali even outlined his journey from the training camps and into India. He described how he crossed over to India on 11/12 June along-with two other LeT commanders and described how the Pakistani Army monitored the process, "There were a few army officers in civilian clothes who checked our preparedness with a check-list."

Ali told his interrogators that he was informed by his handlers from a control room code-named 'Alpha-3', believed to be located at a high altitude somewhere in PoK, about the unrest in the Valley following the killing of Wani, a Hizbul Mujahideen militant on 8 July.

His handlers from the control room asked him to throw grenades at the security forces and also informed him that other cadres of the terror group had managed to sneak into the Valley, mingled with protesters at other places and were fuelling tension in the Valley.

With inputs from agencies


Updated Date: Jan 06, 2017 16:43 PM

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