The Pakistani JIT team probing the Pathankot terror strike completed recording statements of the witnesses on Thursday and were handed over some more documents that included DNA reports of the four terrorists killed in the 80-hour encounter.
The Joint Investigating Team (JIT) of Pakistan, which is headed by additional inspector general of police of the Counter Terrorism Department, Muhammad Tahir Rai and includes ISI’s Lt Colonel Tanvir Ahmed, began their day by recording the statements of witnesses in the case, NIA sources said.
The team questioned 16 witnesses, Punjab SP Salwinder Singh, his jeweller friend Rajesh Verma and cook Madan Gopal. The three were kidnapped by the Pathankot attack perpetrators belonging to the banned Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed on the night of December 31 and January 1.
The terrorists had allegedly dumped Verma after slitting his throat and continued their journey with Singh and Gopal before jettisoning them a few kilometres away from the Pathankot air base.
The terrorists entered the air base and mounted the brazen assault on the night of January 1. In the fierce encounter that ensued, seven security personnel besides four terrorists were killed.
The Pakistani JIT had asked NIA to hand over swabs of four terrorists identified as Nasir Hussain (Punjab province), Abu Bakar, (Gujranwala), Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayum (both from Sindh). However, the Indian anti-terror probe agency handed over to the visitors the DNA reports of the terrorists and asked them to match those with their family members, NIA sources said.
“Talks are at a conclusive stage and hopefully by tomorrow afternoon everything will be over,” director general of NIA, Sharad Kumar said in New Delhi.
The JIT also spoke to the caretaker of a shrine visited by Singh before he was kidnapped and policemen and other witnesses who spotted the abandoned hijacked vehicle.
Statements of a couple of doctors who conducted the postmortem were also recorded.