NIA looking for evidence to nail ISI

NIA looking for evidence to nail ISI

NIA looking for evidence to nail ISI

 The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other intelligence agencies will be looking for evidence to pin down Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for its suspected involvement in targeting the Indian Railways, including the train accidents in Uttar Pradesh.

The agencies were called in after the Bihar Police informed that three arrested persons have provided some ‘positive leads’ about the Indore-Patna Express derailment in Kanpur in November.

The police claimed that Moti Paswan, Uma Shankar Patel and Mukesh Yadav, whom officers described as “professional criminals”, were paid Rs 3 lakh by Nepali national Brajesh Giri, an ‘associate’ of ISI operative Shamsul Hoda, who is based in Dubai.

A two-member team of the NIA has been dispatched to Bihar by the Ministry of Home Affairs, while the government has sought a report from the Research and Analysis Wing about the activities of ISI in Nepal and India.

Sources said if the ISI link is established, it marks a major change in the strategy of the spy agency in executing terror acts in India. It may be asking its handlers to use local criminal networks to execute their work so as to ensure that the links are not traced to the spy agency, the sources said.

They may also be using people from the majority community so that it would enable them to revive the bogey of Hindutva terror, they said.

Further, this would also reflect poorly on the investigators as it took almost two months to link the Kanpur tragedy to an ISI plot.