NIA quizzes Lashkar militant

New Delhi: The NIA on Thursday questioned Bahadur Ali alias ‘Saifullah’, a Pakistani national allegedly working for Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit.
A class 4 dropout, Ali who hails from Jahama village of Raiwind in Lahore was arrested from Yahama village in Mawar area of Qalamabad, Handwara, in north Kashmir on July 25. The Army had claimed TO HAVE recovered three AK-47 rifles, two pistols and Indian Rs 23,000 from his possession.
A team of NIA officials led by a Deputy Inspector General took the custody of 22-year-old from Handwara court and brought him here for a thorough interrogation, including carrying out some scientific tests.
The captured militant had told his interrogators in Srinagar that he had been hiding in the forests of Handwara and receiving infiltrating groups from PaK before sending them further into the Valley, the sources said.
The interrogation of Ali, who has been brought on a five-day NIA remand, is expected to throw some light on sudden spurt of infiltration into the valley.
NIA sources said Ali was trained at a Lashkar camp in PaK, including in map reading and operating GPS devices.
Indian Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju called Ali a “very good catch” and said his arrest will lead to many successes.
He said the arrested militant would be “big handle for us”.