New Delhi: The captured Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Bahadur Ali has disclosed during investigation that Pakistan based LeT trains around 360 militants annually on salary base to send on jihadis against India and Afghanistan.
A 21-year-old Ali alias Saifullah resident of Zia Bagga village of Raiwind in Lahore, told the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that he saw 30-50 people being trained in LeT camps every month since 2013 when he was provided a 15-day basic training at Mansehra in Pakistan.
Saifullah who underwent three training courses organised by the LeT in 2013, 2014 and 2016 before being pushed into India on June 11-12 along with two other LeT cadres known by their nom de guerre Saad and Darda.
An NIA official quoted Ali as saying, “There are 30-50 trainees at any time in each course which runs throughout the year.”
According to Saifullah, new operatives were provided 15-day ‘Daura-e-Tulba’-the basic training. He underwent this at Mansehra in 2013.
Later, the recruits graduate to an arms and ammunition course called ‘Daura-e-Aam’.
Ali got this training at the Aksa camp near Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-held Kashmir in September-October 2014, he told NIA.
In the final course, ‘Daura-e-Khas’, the guerrillas get to handle sophisticated arms and learn field crafts. Ali went through this also near Muzaffarabad in the summer of 2016.