Alleged Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Naveed has agreed to give a confessional statement before a magistrate, in what is a major breakthrough for the National Investigation Agency probing the Udhampur attack, sources said.
The statement will be recorded under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) making it admissible as an evidence before a court during trial. Statements made before the police are not admissible as evidence in court.
“Now a magistrate will be assigned for recording Naveed’s statement. The magistrate will give him 24 hours to contemplate on making a statement. Once he agrees again, the magistrate will record Naveed’s statement in his own handwriting,” said an investigator.
After Naveed agreed to give a confessional statement before a magistrate, a court in Jammu sent him to judicial custody till August 26.
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“Under the law, Naveed can be held on police remand for 30 days. We have exhausted 15 days of police custody so far. We may like to interrogate him at a later state if we manage to catch one of his associates who crossed the Indo-Pak border along with him to carry out the suicide attack on the BSF bus,” the investigator said.
NIA chief Sharad Kumar refused to comment on the development when contacted by Hindustan Times.
Three people, including two BSF troopers, were killed and 11 others were injured after Naveed and his accomplice Noman opened fire on a BSF bus on the Jammu-Srinagar National highway on August 5.
After escaping from the attack site, the accused had entered Chirdi village near Samroli on the highway and taken three people hostage. He was finally over-powered by his hostages and handed over to the police.
So far, the NIA has rounded up around half a dozen people for questioning based on identification by Naveed.