Indian investigation agency releases two Pakistani teens held after Uri attack

The two suspects, who were arrested a year ago, following the attack on an Indian army camp in Uri, J&K have been released on Wednesday by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The Indian Express report says while the families are eagerly waiting for the two to come home, they are not aware exactly when they would be handed over.

"Faisal Hussain Awan, 20, son of Gul Akbar and Ahsan Khursheed, 19 alias DC son of Mohammad Kursheed, both residents of PaK, were released today", an official of NIA said. He said it was found during the investigation that the duo was not involved in the Uri attack.

Sources added that the NIA's probe "revealed that the two suspects had crossed over to the Indian side after altercations with their parents due to pressure of studies".

The NIA also said that they had released the two juveniles under Section 169 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which gives the police the right to release arrested individuals owing to lack of evidence.

The NIA said evidence in the form of statements, technical analyses of cellphones, and seized Global Positioning System devices, as well as other circumstantial evidence, did not turn up any link between the suspects and the Uri attackers.

The NIA on Wednesday said it had released two Pakistani teenagers arrested past year in connection with the attack on an Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri and handed them over to the army for sending them back to their homes. Further investigation is continuing in the case.

The boys told the NIA, which was probing the Uri attack case, they left their home and inadvertently strayed across the LoC after a girl complained of misbehaviour.

  • Leroy Wright