Pathankot Probe: NIA to Issue Black Corner Notice Through Interpol

The NIA will be issuing a black corner notice to identify four unidentified terrorists in the Pathankot attack.

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Indian security forces patrol the Indian air force base in Pathankot, India, 3 January 2016. (Photo: AP)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) decided on Monday to order a black corner notice in the Pathankot terror attack probe.

The black corner notice will be issued through Interpol to ascertain identities of the four yet-to-be identified terrorists – out of the total six killed in Pathankot.

The DNA samples of the terrorists were sent to Pakistan for establishing their identity on 8 January. India had also sought voice samples of the terrorists from Pakistan.

The body parts recovered from the Pathankot sir base have also been sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) to ascertain whether they are of the remaining terrorists killed in the gunbattle.

According to Indian intelligence, Ashfaq Ahmad, Hafiz Abdul Shakur and Qasim Jaan are the three handlers of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) who were giving instructions to the terrorists in Pathankot.

Also read: India Shares Pathankot Evidence, Names of JeM Handlers With Pak

A 10-member NIA team on Monday has also recovered one AK-47 rifle magazine, one mobile phone, and a pair of binoculars from site of attack inside the air base on Monday.

As a part of the investigation, Madan Gopal’s friend Rajan will also be questioned, along with SP Salwinder Singh, his jeweller friend Rajesh Verma and Madan Gopal himself were being thoroughly analysed.

SP Salwinder Singh claims to have been attacked by the terrorists on the night of 31 December, a day before they attacked the Pathankot air base. In the ensuing gunbattle between the security forces the terrorists, seven security personnel and six terrorists were killed.

SP Salwinder Singh has been facing flak due to various loopholes in his version of the story.

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