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India's dossier: Crucial evidence in Gurdaspur terror strike

If talks between Indian and Pakistani National Security Advisors were held last week, India could have presented 10 key pieces of evidence from the Gurdaspur attack to establish that the three Fidayeen militants were from across the border.

India would have told Pakistan that one of the pair of the shoes recovered from the killed terrorist bore the mark “Cheetah”, a popular brand available there. A report given by the Punjab Police to the Home Ministry says the markings of the brand on the pair of shoes, worn by the two other militants, had been scraped off and inked to conceal a possible link to Pakistan.

The report said the Duracell-brand battery extracted from the improvised explosive devices (IED), which the militants planted on a railway bridge but failed to explode, had a special kind of marking not available in India. Independent experts had analysed the two GPS devices recovered from the slain terrorists, who killed seven persons in Gurdaspur on July 27.

The experts have found that on July 21, the GPS coordinates (32.161639 N, 72:42E) were observed near Sargoda of Pakistan on Canal Road near the main Shahpur-Sahiwal Road. The same location also appeared as one undated entry. The experts have conclusively found that GPS-2 shows presence inside Pakistan, the report said.

India planned to tell Pakistani NSA Sartaj Aziz that the three militants had entered India after crossing the Ravi river from near Tash, close to Mastgarh village, under Narot Jaimal Singh police station, in Gurdaspur district.

The post-mortem of the killed terrorists was done by a Board of Doctors. No label/tag was found on any of their clothes other than on the gloves of one of the three terrorists as they had been removed to avoid identification, the report said. The gloves bore a ‘Made in Pakistan’ tag.

The disposable rocket launcher recovered from the attackers carried Yugoslavia/Czech Republic markings while forensic analysis of cartridges traced their origins to China, Russia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic. The AK-56 rifles also had markings removed, but forensic analysis has found them of Chinese design, the report said.

Gaps in 26/11 probe

Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency, which probed the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case, did not investigate the role of Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Saeed and the Army officers who helped David Coleman Headley conduct a reconnaissance for the attacks. As per the dossier prepared by India for handing over to Pakistan, the role of the ISI has been conveniently left out of the FIA probe though the chain of evidence requires to be probed and it will be difficult to proceed if the ISI operatives are left out.


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