Court Extends LeT Operative Bahadur Ali’s Custody till 22 October 

Ali had allegedly planned terror strikes to “destabilize the security and sovereignty” of India.

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Bahadur Ali, the LeT militant captured in Kupwara, Kashmir, on Tuesday, 26 July 2016. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@manakgupta/altered by The Quint)

A special court on Friday extended the judicial custody of Pakistani national Bahadur Ali, alias 'Saifullah', allegedly working for terror outfit Lashkar-e- Taiba, till 22 October.

According to court sources, Ali was produced before District Judge Amar Nath from Tihar Central Jail, and during in-camera proceedings, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) moved an application seeking extension of judicial custody for the accused.

The NIA, in a twist to the turmoil in Kashmir, had cited Ali's confessional video to claim that the ongoing unrest in the Valley was being orchestrated by Pakistan-based LeT which had played a major role in fuelling the unrest, triggered by the encounter killing of a militant leader.

Bahadur Ali in the confession video released by the NIA. (Photo: ANI Screenshot) 
Bahadur Ali in the confession video released by the NIA. (Photo: ANI Screenshot) 

The agency has claimed that since summer this year, the banned outfit, with the "help of Pakistani forces deployed on the border", pushed armed terrorists heavily into India with the direction to mix with the local people, create disturbance and attack police and security forces.

NIA had earlier told the court that along with his associates, Ali had planned terror strikes to "destabilise the security and sovereignty" of India.

A fourth-class dropout Ali, who hails from Jahama village of Raiwind in Lahore, was arrested from village Yahama in Mawar area of Qalamabad, Handwara, in North Kashmir on 25 July. The army had claimed to have recovered three AK-47 rifles, two pistols and Rs 23,000 in Indian currency from his possession.

According to NIA, Ali was trained at a LeT camp in PoK to carry out various activities, including map reading and operating GPS devices.

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