NEW DELHI: An NIA court here has convicted Bahadur Ali, a Pakistani terrorist of Lashker-e-Taiba who infiltrated into Jammu & Kashmir in June 2016 with the intent to carry out terror strikes at different places, including J&K and Delhi, and sentenced him to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment besides imposing fine.
Ali alias Saifullah Mansoor, a resident of village Jia Bagga of Pakistan’s Punjab province, had during his interrogation revealed the well-oiled machinery set up by LeT for recruiting youths in Pakistan, followed by their training with the twin objectives of radicalising their world view and providing them with military skills.
He revealed that LeT handlers would push them illegally into Indian territory to commit terror acts with the help of their network of facilitators here.
The special judge at New Delhi on March 26 convicted Ali, arrested in 2016 in LeT conspiracy case, under Sections 120B, 121A, 489(C) of IPC (criminal conspiracy and possession of counterfeit currency) as well as various sections of the UAPA, Arms Act, Explosive Substances Act, Foreigners Act and Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act.
Bahadur Ali along with his associates Abu Saad and Abu Darda, all trained terrorists of LeT, had illegally infiltrated into J&K in June, 2016. CERTIn, during forensic analysis of a GPS device recovered from Ali, found data that contained coordinates of the Mandkuli launch pad and date stamps of June 11, 2016, a day before Ali and his aides infiltrated.
Ali was arrested at Handwara and a large number of arms were seized from him. The diary recovered from Ali contained grid references, Pakistani phone numbers (coded) and names of Indian towns/cities like Rafiabad, Budgam, Poonch, Jammu, Udhampur etc besides Delhi — all potential targets.