NIA to arm Uri probe with DNA samples of terrorists

RSTV Bureau

Army-genNational Investigating Agency (NIA), the central agency probing the dastardly terror attack on the Uri army camp, will soon visit the camp to collect evidence. NIA will also be taking the DNA samples of four slain terrorists involved in the attack. An FIR has been filed by the Central agency.

Four heavily armed militants suspected to be from Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) had stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours Sunday killing 18 jawans. In an encounter that ensued, all four militants were neutralised by the security forces within hours.

In a related development, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir with top officials, including NSA Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

Doval and top officials of the ministries of Home and Defence, paramilitary forces and chiefs of intelligence agencies briefed Singh on the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley as well as along the Line of Control, official sources said.

The Home Minister and the top officials also reviewed the security situation across the country, including Punjab which had faced two similar terror attacks early this year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Miniater Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, NSA Ajit Doval and Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag at a High Level Meeting in the wake of Uri terror attack, in New Delhi on Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Miniater Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, NSA Ajit Doval and Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag at a High Level Meeting in the wake of Uri terror attack, in New Delhi on Monday.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi early on Tuesday landed in Srinagar to assess the ground situation in Kashmir. He will be holding a security review meeting which will be attended by top officials from various security forces, police and intelligence agencies, the officials said.

Earlier on Monday, in the high-level meeting held on Monday to chalk out response, the Union government deliberated various options, at the same time ruling out any “knee-jerk” reaction. Action will be taken only after proper planning, coordination, exploring all options and taking everyone concerned into confidence, according to the government sources.

India also decided to expose Pakistan before the world community by furnishing it with actionable evidence regarding its sponsoring of terrorism and press for isolating the nation.

The government is also planning to hand over Pakistan the evidence of the four terrorists using Pakistani-marked weapons, food, energy drinks and GPS trackers which they carried to enter Jammu and Kashmir from across the Line of Control.

Indications in this regard came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a nearly two-hour meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, NSA Ajit Doval, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag and other top officials to discuss India’s response.

As part of the plans, the Director General of Military Operations will hand over all the evidence linking Pakistan’s involvement in Uri attack to his Pakistani counterpart shortly.