Bahadur Ali, who was apprehended soon after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani, has confessed to the involvement of terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Pakistan forces behind the turmoil in Kashmir, National Intelligence Agency announced, releasing a video of Ali’s confession.
Speaking to mediapersons, NIA chief Sanjeev Kumar said Ali was recruited by Jammat-ud-Dawa and trained by the LeT to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir and fueled tension in state, where more than 50 have died.
Ali confessed that he was directed to take advantage of the unrest in Kashmir Valley, Kumar said. “We have collected all kinds of evidences. Bahadur Ali was directed to take advantage of the current situation in Kashmir.”
“Bahadur Ali was recruited by the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, subsequently LeT radicalised him. Bahadur Ali underwent all three training process organised by the LeT,” Kumar said.
Kumar further said the articles seized during Ali’s arrest explain that the LeT operative was trained by masters of the field.
In the video, Ali is heard saying, “One day we reached near border area to get some food and firing took place nearby. I ran towards the jungle and I contacted Alpha-3 which is Lashkar-e-Taiba’s operation room in Pakistan. I told them that two of my brothers have been separated from me and they told me not to worry and the two have been sent somewhere else.
“I was told the two have been given some other job and I should wait for few days after which I will be given a job as well. I asked them what will I do if I am in need of food and they managed food for me.”
“When I contacted them again they told me that one of our brothers, a mujahid, has been killed in Srinagar. His name is Burhan Wani and the situation in Kashmir has deteriorated because of his killing and people are throwing stones at the Indian army and police. I was told that two of my partners have fueled the protests and that I have to do the same. I was told to participate in protests and take grenades with me. I asked them what will I do with the grenades and I was told that ‘throw them at the Indian Army so situation in Kashmir will deteriorate,'” Ali is heard saying in the video.
Ali was arrested on July 25 with weapons, including an AK-47 rifle, live rounds, grenades and grenade launcher.