Enough evidence to prove Naveed is Pakistani: NIA chief

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2015 08:46 IST
The sole militant caught alive after a terrorist attack on a BSF convoy that was travelling on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Udhampur district about 85km from Jammu, on Wednesday, August 05, 2015 (Agency Photo)

National Investigation Agency (NIA) chief Sharad Kumar on Thursday said there is enough evidence to prove that Mohammad Naveed Yakub, the terrorist captured in Udhampur, is a Pakistan national.

"After interrogating him for two days, we have enough evidence to prove that Naveed is a Pakistani. We have gathered scientific evidence to corroborate what Naveed told us during the questioning," Kumar told Hindustan Times.

Naveed was brought to Delhi from Jammu under tight security on Thursday for 'focussed interrogation' by the central agency.

Other reports quoted Kumar as saying he was part of Lashkar-e-Taiba, which trained him in use of arms and ammunition and for recruiting cadre for expansion of the terror group.

During his interrogation in the presence of Kumar over the last two days , Naveed reportedly confessed he had undergone a refresher course for six weeks in Pakistan from March this year along with 25 others before infiltrating Kashmir.

He told interrogators that he underwent two training modules-- 'Daur-e-Aam' and 'Daura-e-Khas'. While the first module teaches LeT cadre physical fitness, mountaineering and use of small arms, in the second they are trained in using assault rifles and manufacturing small explosives.

Naveed was captured on August 5 after he, along with his accomplice Noman alias Momin, ambushed a BSF convoy in the Samraoli area killing two jawans and injuring 14 others.

On August 8, HT spoke over the phone to a man named Mohammad Yakub in Pakistan's Faisalabad who identified himself as the "unfortunate father" of Naveed. A day later NDTV located his house at the end of street number 3, Rafique Colony, in the city.

He was subjected to rigorous questioning over the last eight days first by the state police and then by state agencies including the NIA.

NIA obtained a 14-day remand on August 10 for his custodial interrogation from a special NIA designate court in Jammu.

The terrorist is likely to be subjected to various scientific tests and examinations after court permission so as to check the veracity of what he has told interrogators.

The central agency is planning to open four makeshift offices in Jammu, Srinagar, Udhampur and Anantnag in South Kashmir for the purpose of investigation of the case.

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