New Delhi :
Jammu & Kashmir Police on Sunday addressed a press conference on the investigation into the terrorist attack on the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in July.
The grotesque terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims shook the nation. The earlier investigation confirmed that the attack was carried out by Laskar-e-Taiba to seek revenge for the encounter of Bashir Lashkari, the commander of the Lashkar in the Valley.
The investigating agencies also revealed that the mastermind of the attack was Pakistani national and Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Abu Ismail.
Here the highlights of the press conference:
#There were two targets, unfortunately, it was the Yatri vehicle that day.
#Our aim was to neutralise these militants and know how this attack happened
#Investigation is complete and we know who is involved. Now remains the other part to get after these militants and neutralise them in coming days.
#The three guys arrested provided the logistic support, vehicle and motorcycle, to Reiki the area
#Accused arrested and produced in the court
#Code for CRPF vehicle was Bilal; Code for Yatri vehicle was Showkat
#Ismail, Mavya, Furqan and Yawar ( local) carried the attack
#The attack was initially planned for July 9th, but that day there was no movement of CRPF or yatri vehicle in isolation: IGP Kashmir
#Happy to tell you that 3 accused persons have been arrested & they have completely revealed everything: IGP Kashmir
#2 Lashkar militants were eliminated a few days ago, their involvement in this particular case is still being investigated: IGP Kashmir
#Ismail, a Pak militant of Lashkar along with 2 other Pak militants and a local Kashmiri Lashkar militant carried out attack: IGP Kashmir
#Lashkar was involved, and accused were identified: IGP Kashmir Munir Khan on Amarnath attack
Who is Abu Ismail:
#Ismail is part of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and is a resident of Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
#In his mid 30s, Ismail has been part of the Lashkar for the past seven years now. He is part of a camp comprising 200 terrorists who have been training to launch attacks in India.
#According to intelligence agencies, Ismail had activated the over ground operatives of the Lashkar in the Valley to carry out the attack. While the number of attackers is still not clear, police suspect that there would have been 5 to 6 of them.
#Ismail also roped in the help of Hizbul Mujahideen locals, which being familiar with the area, were able to assist LeT in logistics.
The probe also shows that the terrorists wanted to take some of the pilgrims hostages. A reconnaissance of the route was conducted for three days. The signal to carry out the attack could have been given on Monday itself. It may be recalled that the police busted a major module of the Lashkar on Monday and the attack could have been timed with this, a report said.