Mohammad Naveed Yakub, the Pakistani captured alive after the Udhampur attack on August 5 and who thought it was “fun” to “kill Hindus”, now wants to go back to Pakistan and kill all those who sent him on a fidayeen mission.
The interrogation of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative has also revealed that the failed fidayeen seems to have been administered a psychotropic substance before the attack on a BSF convoy in Udhampur’s Narsu Nallah area.
Naveed’s questioning has once again shown the tragedy of a life gone wrong, one that soon became fodder for a terrorist organization. A compulsive gambler who was once caught stealing money from his own house, Naveed has said he didn’t have any direction in life till he was spotted by a LeT maulvi in a Faisalabad mosque.
An investigator who has spent considerable time with Naveed said Maulvi Bashir, his spotter and later mentor, instilled a sense of purpose in his life and turned him into an archetypal ‘jehad baby’ of the kind found aplenty in that part of Pakistani Punjab.
"In a very typical manner of Lashkar, he was shown videos of atrocities committed on his Muslim brethren in India, particularly in Kashmir. After three courses, the first in physical fitness, the second in handling weapons and the last on carrying out a suicide attack, Naveed was launched by Lashkar across the border on June, 2,” he added.
However, the investigator's claim couldn't be independently verified.
Naveed and another gunman named Noman had attacked a BSF bus on August 5 at Narsu Nallah in Udhampur district, killing two troopers and injuring 11 others.
Investigators say Naveed, 22, dropped out of school after Class 5 and spent most of his time in gambling, playing a card game called ‘malpatti’ and occasionally billiards at local pool tables.
“His elder brother and brother-in-law both are college lecturers, therefore in the typical middle class family of Faisalabad, Naveed, was written off as a bad apple much earlier. His family doesn’t seem to have made much effort in inquiring about his absence after he joined the LeT,” said the investigator.
Naveed has told the National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths that though he didn’t have any criminal case registered against him, but was often called to the local police station.
“He remembers the name of the local thana and of its officer-in-charge who had given him a sound thrashing for the first time,” added the investigator.
Naveed has identified on Google Earth his locality, a hosiery factory where he worked before joining the LeT, and the Lashkar offices he visited.
“Naveed’s questioning has also revealed that LeT’s jehad factory is up and running. During his training in the LeT camp, there were around 180 other boys in the first course but the number dwindled to 40 to 50 for the next two rounds of training,” says the investigator.
Naveed now realises, say investigators, how his gamble with Lashkar has cost him heavily. “Please allow me to go back once to kill all those who sent me to Kashmir,” Naveed has told his interrogators.
He was given Rs 50,000 by the LeT when sent to the Valley. But all his money was kept by his handler in the Valley Abu Qasim and he was given only Rs 2,000 for daily expenses.
“His interrogation has helped us to identify more than three dozen Lashkar overt and underground supporters in the Valley who sheltered Naveed and his associates during the two months he roamed around before attacking the BSF bus,” said the investigator.
The investigator also revealed reason for the delirious nature of his replies after being caught alive by the villagers in Udhampur. Naveed had told villagers that he had come to kill Hindus and ‘it is fun killing Hindus’ when asked about objective of coming to the Valley.
“He was asked to take a white tablet before the attack which we believe must be some kind of psychotropic substance that dulled his senses,” said the investigator.
The attack on the BSF bus in Udhampur was Naveed’s second attempt at a fidayeen attack. Investigators say he tried to attack security forces in the same area a month back along with another associate but chickened out at the last moment.
He was scolded and sent with another associate Noman to attack security forces again. This time also he chickened out and could shoot straight leading to his arrest.
Naveed’s interrogation details will form the basis of the effort to nail Pakistan for its support to terrorism in India during the National Security Advisor-level talks between the two countries on August 23.
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