Pak terrorist questioned by NIA; More leads expected

RSTV Bureau

Udhampur: BSF personnel after the terrorist attack on the BSF convoy. One terrorist was killed and other was arrested. Photo – PTI

The elite-counter terror National Investigating Agency (NIA) is grilling the Pakistani terrorist caught alive after August 5 Udhampur attack in Jammu. The terrorist identified as Mohammed Naved alias Usman has already been put through an intensive questioning by the JK police, security forces and the intelligence agencies before the case was handed over to the NIA a day later.

The team of NIA interrogating will be quizzing him over his hideouts and information on those people who allegedly gave shelter to him and his dead partner after the two had allegedly crossed over to Kashmir from Pakistan. The elite counter terror agency will also be charting through the source from where the two got their weapons used in the ambush.

Among the leads, Indian agencies have been able to unravel his identity as a Pakistan national. Union Home minister Rajnath Singh had on Thursday apprised both the house of Parliament that the two terrorists were from Pakistan.

“The arrested terrorist is identified as Mohammed Naved alias Usman, resident of Faislabad and his partner who was killed is said to be Mohammed Momeen, a resident of Bhahwalpur in Pakistan,” Rajnath Singh said on the floor of Rajya Sabha.

Apart from this, the terrorist had reportedly revealed that he had crossed over the Indian side of the LoC nearly two months ago. Since then, he lived in Southern Kashmir before coming to Udhampur to execute the fidayeen attack.

Two AK 47 assault rifles, grenades and fire arms were recovered from both Mohammed Naved and his dead partner Mohammed Momeen, according to the facts shared by the Union Home minister in the Parliament.

Two BSF soldiers were killed when two terrorists ambushed the BSF convoy on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Udhampur early on August 5. The terror strike on the convoy of the security force had come just over a week after fidayeen attack in Punjab killing 8 people, including a senior police officer.

While one terrorist, identified as Mohammed Momeen, was shot dead by the security forces in a counter-offensive operation, other one was nabbed after he attempted to take residents of nearby village hostage. The arrested terrorist, now identified as Mohammed Naved, was over-powered by the local residents before he was handed over to the security forces.

(With inputs from the agencies)