A day after fidayeen attack, NIA team examines evidence in Jammu

A day after fidayeen attack, NIA team examines evidence in Jammu

A day after fidayeen attack, NIA team examines evidence in Jammu

A five-member National Investigation Agency (NIA) team on Sunday reached Jammu to examine the evidence collected by the army after the fidayeen (suicide) attack by Jaish-e-Mohammad militants on Sunjwan Army formation.

Sources told DH that the NIA team reached Jammu from Delhi on Sunday afternoon, though a case has not been registered yet in the incident.

"On their arrival in Jammu, the NIA team inspected the encounter site inside the camp and examined the evidence collected by the army," they said.

"The team had a brief discussion with senior army officers in the area. Before initiating the probe, the team will look into all aspects like how the heavily armed terrorists managed to sneak in to a heavily guarded military installation," sources said. The NIA sleuths are likely to talk to some of the injured soldiers.

The NIA is mandated to probe all terror-related cases in the country as per an act of Parliament.

The central probe agency reached Jammu a day after the deadly pre-dawn terror attack in which 10 people, including five soldiers, four militants and a civilian, have been killed so far.

A senior police officer said the NIA will fix the responsibility of how the attackers managed to infiltrate the highly guarded military installation. "Besides, the NIA's job is to get evidences and prepare a dossier which could be presented to the international community to expose the Pakistani hand in the attack," he said.

"The attack is a major lapse. How the militants managed to reach Sunjuwan has to be investigated. The nearest border fence in RS Pura sector is at least 35 km from the Sunjuwan Military Station," the officer said.

"During the investigation, the NIA will try to ascertain the area from where the militants had come and the route taken by them to reach the military station. There is also a possibility that the militants might have travelled from south Kashmir to carry out the attack. But how they managed to reach Jammu despite such strict security is a cause of concern," he said.

The premier central probe agency is already investigating the November 2016 Nagrota attack case in which seven army personnel, including two officers, and three terrorists were killed. It also investigated the September 2016 Uri fidayeen attack, in which 19 army personnel were killed in a similar attack.

The NIA has already submitted a charge-sheet in the January 2016 Pathankot air base attack case in which it had named JeM founder Moualana Masood Azhar as an accused.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat is also in Jammu to review the security situation. He had landed in the city of temples on Saturday evening, hours after heavily armed militants managed to enter the army camp.