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Media Statement by DG, NIA on Visit of Pak JIT

April 01, 2016

  • As you are aware, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of Pakistan arrived in India on 27 March, 2016 and for the last 5 days, interacted on the Pathankot case with NIA officials. On 29 March, they visited the scene of crime in Pathankot and were shown locations where the terrorists infiltrated and subsequently hid, as well as where the encounter took place. They also visited the spot where Ikagar Singh's vehicle was snatched, where he was murdered, and where the terrorists hijacked the SUV Mahindra of SP Salwinder Singh. The route taken by the terrorists was also shown to the JIT. These are part of the standard legal procedure of investigation followed in both nations.
  • The NIA briefed the JIT on investigations in the case of the terror attack perpetrated by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) on January 2, 2016 in Pathankot. The Pakistan JIT, in turn, shared with NIA the results of investigations carried out by them so far in Pakistan. On JIT's request, the NIA provided certified copies of postmortem reports, MLRs, CDRs, DNA reports and the Seizure Memo of articles from the scene of crime. The Pakistan JIT was given access to 16 witnesses including SP Salwinder Singh, his cook, Rajesh Verma and some formal witnesses as per agreed terms of reference and extant legal provisions. The JIT informed us that they were collecting admissible evidence outside Pakistan under the provision of Section 188 of the CrPC of Pakistan, that will legally enable them to be used in prosecution.
  • NIA sought voice samples of some senior office bearers of JeM, and DNA sample of the mother of slain terrorist Nasir Hussain. JIT was also requested to verify the various articles seized from the terrorists including arms and ammunition as mentioned in the Letter Rogatory sent earlier to Pakistan. The NIA shared with JIT the identity and the address of the 4 terrorists and requested that the JIT confirm the same. NIA presented the JIT with concrete evidence against the office bearers of JeM who conspired in the attack and the handlers of the terrorists who facilitated and guided them.
  • The interaction with JIT was held in accordance with terms of reference mutually agreed on the basis of reciprocity. The Pakistan JIT assured us of their full cooperation and promised to execute the LR which has been received by them.
  • The Pakistan JIT was informed that a team of NIA officials would like to visit Pakistan to carry forward the investigation in the Pathankot attack.
New Delhi
April 1, 2016

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