Anti-terror agency formally takes over the case after MHA grants permission
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has handed over the Jammu Air Force station attack case to National Investigation Agency (NIA), officials said on Tuesday.
The NIA took over the case from Jammu and Kashmir Police which started the initial probe along with other investigating agencies under the Explosives Act and other laws. The case was initially registered by Satwari police station.
The anti-terror agency formally took over the case after the MHA’s permission. However, its officials had reached the spot just a few hours after the blast took place.
For the first-of-its-kind terrorist attack in the country, two drones were used to drop bombs at a vital military installation in India on the intervening night of June 26-27. Two consecutive explosions took place within a gap of five minutes at the high-security Jammu Air Force station, injuring two personnel on duty in the technical area. The drones later flew away.
The two back-to-back explosions, which occurred at 1.37 a.m. and 1.42 a.m., injured two Air Force personnel. The roof of a building was damaged, but the explosive devices missed the aircraft hangar nearby. No valuable equipment was damaged in the attack.
The Air Force Station is about 14-15 km from the nearest point on the International Border (IB) with Pakistan. The farthest that a drone from Pakistan has so far come on the Indian side of the IB and Line of Control (LoC) in the Jammu region is 12 km.
Pakistan-based terrorists are suspected behind using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to attack the Air Force station, the officials said.
The attack on the Air Force Station took place a few hours after Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested an alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba operative with an improvised explosive device (IED) weighing nearly 5 kg in Jammu.
Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh on Sunday termed the twin explosion a ‘terror attack’.
PM holds talks on futuristic challenges
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Tuesday, sources said.
They said there were discussions on futuristic challenges in the defence sector and equipping the forces with modern equipment and aspects relating to the involvement of more youth, startups and strategic community were also discussed.
The meeting comes after two low-intensity explosions were reported in the technical area of Jammu Air Force Station on early Sunday morning.
Two drones were used to drop explosives on the Jammu airbase by the attackers who then navigated their quadcopters out of that area, the sources had said.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) said one of the blasts caused minor damage to the roof of a building while the other exploded in an open area.
The attack, carried out possibly using the improvised explosive device (IED), could not cause much damage and caused minor injuries to two personnel on duty.