Azhar’s brother coordinated infiltration
JAMMU, Nov 25: Investigators have found similarities in January 31 and November 19 terror attacks at Ban Toll Plaza in Nagrota on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway this year including use of Land Mobile Radio Set MPD-2505 which is Micro-Make and made in Pakistan.
“On January 31 as well as November 19 terror attacks, same LMR sets had been used which had consecutive serial numbers. The Serial number of the LMR set used on January 31 attack was 908331P00059 while the number used in November 19 attack was 908331P00058,” sources told the Excelsior.
Significantly, according to sources, both the sets had been named as “Radio Alias: Freedom Fighter”. The call signs used on January 31 were P1, P2, P4, P5, P55, G1 and on November 19, the signs were P1, P55, P11 and P66.
“Similar I Com sets have been recovered from the possession of slain militants on both the occasions,” sources said.
Further, they added, both the times, GPS device Garmin Etrex 20X had been used by the militants for identifying the infiltration route. The militants had damaged the GPS devices in a similar manner as they had been asked to do by their Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) handlers based in Pakistan on January 31 as well as November 19.
Similar frequencies were recovered from the LMR sets, sources said.
They added that all these evidences were enough to indicate that handlers of both the groups of militants killed at Ban Toll Plaza encounter at Nagrota on January 31 and November 19 this year were same. Most likely, they were top commanders of Jaish outfit including Mufti Rauf Asghar, operational commander of the outfit.
Sources said Asghar had told Jaish militants in Kashmir that it was becoming difficult to supply them the explosives and weapons.
He sent the message to Jaish operatives in Kashmir soon after the gunbattle at Ban Toll Plaza.
Asghar is younger brother of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar and is responsible for majority of infiltration attempts into Jammu and Kashmir from the Line of Control (LoC) as well as the International Border most of which have been successfully thwarted by the security forces.
It may be mentioned here that police, SOG Jammu and CRPF had gunned down four militants of Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit at Ban Toll Plaza in Nagrota when they were heading towards Kashmir in a truck after infiltration from the International Border in Samba sector in the wee hours of November 19.