Captured militant was trained in LeT chief’s bastion, say J&K police

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Aug 29, 2015 10:15 IST

A court in north Kashmir’s Sopore town on Friday sent the militant, captured during an encounter in the nearby Rafiabad area a day earlier, to five-day police remand.

The Jammu and Kashmir police told the court that militant’s name was Sajad Hussain and that he hailed from Muzafargarh district in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Police said Sajad told his interrogators that he was trained in Muridke, where militant commander Hafiz Saeed lives and heads the Jamat-ud-Dawa, a sister organization of the Lashkar, and had infiltrated into the Valley through Chamb and Kalapahad sector.

Deputy inspector general of police, north Kashmir, Garib Das told HT that the 22-year-old militant was subjected to “sustained interrogation”. He said all the relevant information required for investigation was available with the police.

“It has been established that he is a Pakistani national from Muzaffargarh in Punjab. He is a Balochi but lived in Punjab,” Das said, adding that Sajad was a fully-trained commando of banned militant organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba. Police sources said the group of which Sajad was a part had infiltrated into the Indian territory in the second week of August.

They said Sajad went through two rounds of training — dour-e-aam (basic training) and dour-e-khas (commando training) at a camp in Muzzafarabad.
Those privy to the interrogation said Sajad was trained about a year ago and was sent back to Punjab province in the country.

“It was two months back that he was called back to a launch pad in PoK,” said an official, pleading anonymity. He said Sajad was in good health and had not sustained any injuries in the attack.

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