Army nod awaited for NIA probe into Nagrota
- The Home Ministry is waiting for the go-ahead from the Army to take over the investigation into the recent terror attack at the Nagrota camp, in which two officers and five soldiers lost their lives.
- Though the Home Ministry can suo motu transfer the investigation of any terror attack to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), it has to seek the Army’s approval in this case as the attack happened in an Army camp.
- After the attack at the Uri camp on September 18, the burnt bodies of the four terrorists were buried by the Army.
- The government’s decision then to hand over the investigation to the NIA had not gone down well with some in the Army.
- Though the Army was quick to name the Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Jaish-e- Mohammad as being behind the attack, the NIA probe so far has not found any evidence to support the claim.
- The October 6 attack at the Handwara camp is also being probed by the NIA.
- NIA had no mandate to investigate the tactics and the response of the Army in the Nagrota attack.
- The recoveries made from the three attackers a Nagrota pointed to the role of JeM’s Al-Shohada Brigade, or Shaheed Afzal Guru Squad, formed in 2013.