Investigators of deadly Kashmir attack, that left five paramilitary personnel including two suicide attackers dead three days ago, have allegedlyÂ found role of a security agencies informer and government employee identified as Pradeep Singh in the episode.Â
On March 13, two militants of pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen disguised as cricketers stormed a paramilitary soldierâ€™s camp near a police school in Srinagarâ€™s Bemina locality killing five troops in a major suicide attack. The Central government had linked the attack to Pakistan, but the latter denied the allegations.Â
Immediately after the attack, the Jammu and Kashmir Police zeroed on a close by locality, Chattabal, where it seized two person namely Bashir aka Haroon and Zubair alias Abu Talha.Â
According to police sources, ex-militant Bashir hasÂ allegedly been â€śa source for some security agenciesâ€ť and hasÂ allegedlyÂ helped Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants launch the audacious Bemina attack. This, however, raises a serious question which is how someone working for various security agencies including the state police could abet an attack on the troops.
Bashir has allegedlyÂ told interrogators that a group of five LeT militants had entered Kashmir from Pakistan to launch a â€śrevenge attackâ€ť on India in Kashmir following former Kashmir rebel, Afzal Guruâ€™s hanging and burial in New Delhi on February 9. All this, investigators have found, happened a month ago.Â
In facilitation, one Sikh resident of Kanispora area of North Kashmirâ€™s Baramulla named Pradeep Singh, who is a daily wager with Public Health Department of J&K government helped in sheltering the four before the attack was launched, Bashirâ€™s interrogation has allegedlyÂ revealed.Â
But on Saturday Singhâ€™s wife Harmeet Kour told media that her husband was â€śforcedâ€ť on gunpoint to keep the militants in a hut and had no â€śrole in the attacks.â€ť
â€śMy husband isnâ€™t involved in the attack. He was forced to accommodate them,â€ť she said.Â
Investigators claim to have found that Bashir had already done the recce of the area and briefed the militants about how and where to attack.Â
The Pakistani militant, interrogators have found, is resident of 104 Chak Multan and his training camp in charge was Siaf-ur-Rehman. Talha, according to the interrogation report was launched and received by Hizbul Mujahideen but belongs to LeT.Â
â€śHe was launched from LEEPA launch pad and is aged 22 to 24,â€ť police sources say.Â
How the group of five militants managed to cross over the Line of Control (LoC) is a question both the army and the state police are clueless about. Since the investigators have found that Bashir was an informer for some security agencies including the J&K police, it also pushes one to think whether LeT and Hizbul have infiltrated into the ranks of these agencies.
Itâ€™ll be also interesting, however, to see if both Bashir and Talha are presented before media in the coming days and whether theyâ€™ll admit to whatever investigators claim they’ve been told by the duo.Â