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Pathankot attack: Tracing the route; series of abductions, murders and call to ‘mother’ for a feast

Empty food packets manufactured in Pakistan and other food articles from Pakistan were recovered from the forest area near the outpost.

By: Express News Service | Mohali |
December 20, 2016 1:36:40 am
pathankot attack, pathankot airbase attack, india pakistan, pakistan attack, afzal guru, masood azhar, terrorism, indian express, pathankot attack proof, india news From inside the Air Force station, starting at about 8.40 am on January 1, Nasir made a series of calls to Pakistan, including one to the woman he addressed as “mother”. (Representational image)

The NIA chargesheet on the Pathankot Air Base attack says the four terrorists were sent to India on December 30, 2015, and traces their route culminating in the attack on January 2, 2016. Once they infiltrated the air base, one of the terrorists — Nasir Hussain —reportedly called a woman in Pakistan whom he addressed as “Mother” and told her to host a feast for his friends after his death.

Sent with arms, ammunition and logistical items, they allegedly crossed the international border through a forested area near the Simbal border outpost. Empty food packets manufactured in Pakistan and other food articles from Pakistan were recovered from the forest area near the outpost.

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From Bhagwal village they travelled to Janial on December 31 around 9.30 pm, where they hijacked an Innova taxi along with the driver Ikagar Singh, and snatched his phone, using it to call their handler, Kashif Jan, on three Pakistan mobile numbers. Later they allegedly killed Ikagar Singh, dumped his body and drove on in the damaged Innova before abandoning it at a service station at Kolian Morh in Pathankot district.

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Then they hijacked police officer Salwinder Singh’s XUV in which they travelled to the base, dumping Salwinder and his domestic help but taking along the police officer’s friend, Rajesh Verma, whose throat they would slit at Akalgarh village.

From inside the Air Force station, starting at about 8.40 am on January 1, Nasir made a series of calls to Pakistan, including one to the woman he addressed as “mother”. Apart from telling her to hold a feast for his friends, he told her details of the journey to the airbase and the encounters with Ikagarh, Salwinder and his friend.

Nasir also spoke to his brother, named in the chargesheet as Babar, and to another person named as Munna. In a call at 9.20 am, he reportedly disclosed the names of his three associates as Major, Abu Bakar and Umar.

The chargesheet says the DNA profiles of the genetic material lifted from a dagger found on one of the terrorists matched those of their victims.The seat belt of the Mahindra XUV was cut and used to tie one of the victims, it says.

A walkie-talkie set belonging to the terrorists and a slip written in English were recovered from the vehicle. On it was written, “Jaish-e-Muhamad Zindabad, Tanghdar se le kar Samba Kathua Rajbagh aur Delhi tak, Afzal Guru shadeed kay jan nisar tum ko meltay rahege. Insha Allah. A.G.S. 25”.

Rajesh Verma’s iPhone, which was snatched by the terrorists, was recovered from a nullah near the perimeter wall of the air base where the terrorists had hidden before the attack.

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