NIA takes into custody two men arrested by army in Uri

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The NIA on Tuesday took into custody the two men from PoK arrested by army in connection with its probe into the attack at an army camp in Uri even as it established the identity of one of the four slain attackers as belonging to PoK.

The NIA took over the custody of the two men identified as Ahasan Kursheed alias DC, a resident of Khaliana Kalan and Faisal Hussain Awan, a resident of Pottha Jahangir–both in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), and would produce them before a designated court soon, official sources said. The two were arrested by the BSF and the Army in a joint operation at ‘Angoor Post’ at Gavalata village in Uri last Saturday when they were trying to infiltrate into India.

With both being residents of PoK, the army authorities interrogated them whether they had any knowledge about the attack in which four terrorists had stormed an army camp at Uri on September 18 and killed 18 soldiers.

The duo initially claimed that they had inadvertently crossed into India but after sustained interrogation they not only informed the security agencies about the two guides who had helped the terrorists to infiltrate but also helped them in identifying one of the militant involved in the attack, the sources said.

One of the killed terrorist was identified by NIA as Hafiz Ahmed of Darbang in Muzaffarabad Tehsil of PoK. The duo would be brought to the national capital where they would undergo scientific tests and also subjected to an interrogation by joint team of security agencies. The two had been recruited initially by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed(JeM) for guiding its militants to infiltrate across the LoC and later they helped other militant groups as well, the sources said.

(With PTI inputs)

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