Uri attack: Maps recovered from terrorists

Two maps recovered from the four terrorists, who stormed an army base in Kashmir, showed the general topography of Uri town in Baramulla district


The National Investigation Agency team that arrived at Uri on Tuesday finished documenting evidence such as recovered weapons and maps on Friday. Photo: AP
The National Investigation Agency team that arrived at Uri on Tuesday finished documenting evidence such as recovered weapons and maps on Friday. Photo: AP

Uri: Two maps showing the general topography of Uri town were recovered from the four slain terrorists who stormed an Indian Army camp on 18 September, people familiar with the matter said.

The army has also intensified efforts to identify the exact stretch on the Line of Control (LoC) from where they entered India.

The people said arms and ammunition were recovered along with the maps on Friday. The two maps showed the general area of Uri town in Kashmir valley’s Baramulla district. The four terrorists are believed to be members of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

The maps showed various sensitive places including the brigade headquarters and other installations at Uri, about 75km north of Srinagar. The place holds strategic importance for India as a project operated by National Hydel Power Corp. Ltd (NHPC) is located there.

The maps would now form a part of the probe being handled by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

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The army has contacted the heads of 12 villages located above the brigade headquarters to ascertain whether they could throw some light on the infiltration, people with knowledge of the matter said.

The army is conducting search operations at villages along the LoC to see whether the infiltrators left any credible clues.

There were reports that the army had intensified search operations in Charunda and Gollahan villages to ascertain whether the terrorists had taken shelter there before reaching the military camp at Uri. Both the villages have a combined population of less than 4,000.

The Jammu and Kashmir police has handed over to the NIA the call details and Internet data usage of all active cellphones and broadband connections in Uri town, covering the 24-hour period before the attack, people familiar with the matter said.

The NIA team that arrived at Uri on Tuesday finished documenting evidence such as recovered weapons and maps on Friday. The NIA along with technical experts from other security agencies is also trying to retrieve data from the global positioning system (GPS) handsets recovered from the slain militants.

The NIA on Tuesday registered a case over the attack. The agency is likely to prepare a dossier and make a formal request to Pakistan once the identity of the four was ascertained.

The army on its part has launched an inquiry into the attack, with preliminary investigation suggesting the terrorists entered Uri at least a day before mounting the assault. The inquiry, besides ascertaining lapses, if any, would also suggest measures to prevent such attacks as Pakistani-based groups were indulging more in “shallow infiltration”—striking the first available military installation after crossing the LoC

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