The two accused allegedly provided material and logistical support to Ali and his associates soon after their infiltration into Indian territory, the NIA said.Both the accused were local supporters of Ali and had visited Pakistan thrice and met terrorists from Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and were still in their contact, it was alleged.
In January this year, the NIA had charge-sheeted Ali, a member of the banned terror outfit LeT who had been arrested from Yahama village of Handwara on July 24 last year.The charge sheet highlighted gaps along the Line of Control (LoC) as Ali along with two other terrorists had walked undetected for seven days.
The NIA said Ali alias Saifullah Mansoor along with two associates, Abu Saad and Abu Darda, all trained terrorists, infiltrated into Indian territory equipped with arms and ammunition, navigation equipment, combat material and other articles.The trio entered India during the intervening night of June 12-13 last year and reached their destination around June 20. The area is expected to be dotted by security personnel as part of the counter-infiltration grid.
On June 22, Ali’s two associates left to get some food, leaving Ali on a hilltop. Both were killed in an encounter.
According to the NIA charge sheet, the investigation had established that Ali, a school dropout and originally a resident of Jia Bagga Village of Raiwind in Lahore, Pakistan, was also provided with a map depicting parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).He was provided with Grid References (GR) that had been recovered from his possession. Ali plotted these GRs on the map which was sent for examination to the Surveyor General of India at Dehradun who affirmed that the terrorist had plotted them correctly.
A pocket diary recovered from Ali, among other things, listed the names of several towns in Jammu and Kashmir.
( Source – PTI )