The Centre has handed over investigations into the November 19 Nagrota attack case to National Investigation Agency (NIA). The premier counter terror agency has registered an FIR in the case after taking case papers from Jammu and Kashmir Police which was probing the case until now.
Sources said the case has been handed over to NIA as it has cross-border implications and a federal agency would be better suited in a case where the hand of Pakistan is prima facie evident.
The case concerns an encounter with four Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists at Ban Toll Naka in Nagrota, Jammu last month. The terrorists had allegedly entered India from Pakistan using a tunnel on the Jammu border and were on their way to Kashmir in a truck when they were intercepted by security forces early on November 19. As the truck was being searched, the terrorists opened fire and in the ensuing three-hour encounter, all terrorists were killed while two security personnel were injured.
The police recovered 11 AK rifles from the slain terrorists apart from 24 magazines and 7.5 kg of RDX along with 20 m of IED wire and six detonators.