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NIA Revises Details Shared With Pakistan On Two Arrested For Aiding Militants Behind Uri Attack

According to MEA spokesperson Vikas Swaroop, the initial details on the suspects were based on their statements to the investigators.

A day after India gave Pakistan details of the two people who were arrested for allegedly helping the four militants who recently carried out an attack on an Army base in Uri, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has said that it had discovered inaccuracies in biographical details of the two men, the Indian Express reports.

During interrogation, the two people – both residents of Muzaffarabad in PoK – said that they had started their journey from Pir Chana Sai in Gyarahbad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) where the militants have a training camp, official sources told PTI.

The two were produced before a designated court in Jammu which remanded them to NIA’s custody, whose Inspector General Alok Mittal has said that one of the guides identified as Faisal Husain Awan, has been now recorded to be a resident of Halka 4 in Potha Jandgran near the village of Koomi Kote.

The second individual, identified in a Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) note given to Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit as Yasin Khursheed, son of Mohammed Khurshid of Khiliana Kalan, was named by Mittal as Ahsan Khursheed, son of Chaudhury Khursheed of Mohalla Kidri in the village of Khilayana Khurd in Muzaffarabad’s Hattian Bala tehsil.

According to sources, the initial details were based on biographical information obtained while the men were in custody from September 20-26.

The MEA spokesperson Vikas Swaroop told the Indian Express that there was no way for Indian investigators to “immediately verify these details on-ground in that part of Kashmir illegally occupied by Pakistan,” which is why, he added that, “we shared the information with that country, and offered it consular access. We have absolutely nothing to hide.”

According to MEA’s statement on Tuesday, the men had been caught by local residents and handed over to the army. This account was also corroborated by the residents of Uri.

NIA officers, however, said they were still working to verify the particulars of the testimony, the Indian Express reports.

The two men have been brought to the capital, where, according to PTI, they would be interrogated by a joint team of officials of various security agencies besides being subjected to scientific tests.

(With PTI inputs)

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