Srinagar: The army is interrogating two residents of Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) to inquire into their possible linkage with the deadly attack on an army formation in Uri on September 18 left 18 soldiers and four unidentified fidayeen attackers dead.
The army and border guards apprehended the duo on September 21. Sources said the National Investigating Agency (NIA), which is probing the Uri attack, is also likely to grill the PaK residents, who are suspected to be militant guides.
Sources said the joint teams have extensively questioned the two persons who initially told them that wandered into the Indian-controlled side inadvertently.
Earlier, the army identified the duo as Ahasan Kursheed alias DC of Khaliana Kalan and Faisal Hussain Awan of Pottha Jahangir who were arrested in a joint operation of the army and Border Security Force on September 21.
Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia described the duo as Jaish guides.
“The duo was recruited two years ago by Jaish-e-Mohammed and were guiding terrorists to infiltrate across the line of control,” the spokesman said while belatedly disclosing the arrest. The “guides” have not been handed over to local police, a standard practice in such cases. The duo was completely unarmed at the time of arrest, the sources said.
It is not clear whether the duo has given any indication of their involvement in guiding militant groups of their role in planning and executing the Uri attack. The interrogators are also exploring as to whether they had any local links in Uri area.