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Uri attack: NIA files case, GPS sets recovered from attackers to be sent to US for forensic investigation

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has begun its probe into the Uri terror attack case. The NIA team visited the encounter site in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday in this regard.

India TV News Desk, Srinagar [ Updated: September 20, 2016 16:46 IST ]
Uri attack: NIA begins probe, visits encounter site
Image Source : PTI Uri attack: NIA begins probe, visits encounter site

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today took over Uri terror attack investigation from the Jammu and Kashmir Police, which had registered a case on Sunday.

The NIA team visited the encounter site in Baramulla district of the state yesterday to collect evidence available with the Army formation.

The agency, empowered to deal with terror related crimes, also registered a case to probe the terror attack at the Army installation in which 18 soldiers were killed and dozens others injured after four Pakistani militants stormed the base.

Besides the arms and ammunition recovery, two mobile sets were recovered from the four terrorists belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group. Two global positioning systems (GPS) have also been recovered.

According to All India Radio, besides piecing together the sequence of events leading to the terror attack, the NIA is focusing on the combustible substance used by four terrorists to set on fire tents inside the camp close to the Line of Control (LoC) on Sunday morning. 

Sources said, such incendiary material was used by the terrorists probably for the first time. 

The NIA is also likely to hand over certain materials collected from the site to the US for in-depth investigation to build a case against JeM. 

The attack coincided with the troop re-deployment hinting at intelligence being passed on to the attackers. 

All security agencies have pooled in their resources to establish the identity of the four terrorists who were killed during the attack.

Official sources said the NIA team, which was now camping at Uri, would collect the DNA samples of the four unidentified terrorists and their pictures would be shown to Jaish cadres lodged in various jails of the state as well as other parts of the country.

Two of the four bodies are charred below the waist, they said.

The sources said while one GPS was damaged due to the fire, the other was being examined with the help of technical experts to ascertain the route taken by the terrorists and whether some help was extended to them by any local.

The NIA wound send the GPS sets to US for forensic investigation to find out what route terrorists chose, when and how they entered the area.

The place where the attack took place is located barely 6km from the Line of Control.

The NIA team would prepare a dossier and may make a formal request to Pakistan once the identity of the four was ascertained, the sources said.

Army has also instituted an inquiry into the attack with preliminary investigation suggesting the terrorists had entered the area at least a day before mounting the brazen assault.

The inquiry besides ascertaining lapses, if any, would also suggest measures to prevent such attacks in the future as Pakistani-based groups were indulging more in ‘shallow infiltration’, which means that terrorists strike the first available installation after crossing the Line of Control.

Meanwhile, India has asked Pakistan to stop supporting terrorism and vacate illegal occupation of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

In its right to reply at the 33rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, India highlighted human rights violations in Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh and persecution of minorities including Hindus. 

New Delhi called upon the Council to urge Pakistan to fulfil its obligation to vacate illegal occupation of PoK.

The Indian statement comes a day after heavily armed terrorists from Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad stormed an army base in Uri in Kashmir on Sunday killing 18 jawans.

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