4 youths, recognized as Manjeet Kumar, Jivan Lal, and brothers Bipin Kumar and Sanjay Kumar, have been detained in Doda for alleged terror hyperlinks and are additionally being questioned in reference to the first-ever drone assault on a defence base in Jammu earlier this yr.
Whereas the youths are learnt to have been picked up by a joint safety crew from the forests at Dhara village, in Doda district, 4 days in the past, they’re being questioned by the NIA within the drone assault case. Not one of the youths have been arrested to this point.
Sources mentioned safety personnel had launched a search operation within the space following a tip-off in regards to the presence of some militants there. The 4, who have been detained throughout the search, reportedly tried to burn their belongings, together with their cellphones.
In accordance with sources, a scrutiny of one among their cellphones reportedly confirmed that the youths have been in touch with militants; the telephone variety of a militant commander based mostly in Pakistan was allegedly discovered within the checklist of contacts. Sources mentioned the youths are suspected to have helped two militants cross over to Pakistan.
An official mentioned the youths are additionally being questioned in reference to the drone assault.
Sources mentioned that for the reason that drone assault in June this yr, a number of folks had been picked up for questioning, however have been later launched.
Two IAF personnel have been injured when two explosive units have been dropped from a drone on the IAF station in Jammu on the intervening night time of June 26-27 this yr. The IAF station is 14-15 km from the Worldwide Border (IB) with Pakistan.
The Lashkar-e-Toiba was suspected to be behind the assault.