In its preliminary probe against a group of Pakistani terrorists, including Mohammed Naveed, the Udhampur police held that the militants had struck allegedly with the active support of Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Udhampur SSP Suleiman Choudhary sent a preliminary investigation report to the district magistrate. “During the course of preliminary investigation, it transpired that the terrorists involved in the attack are trained ‘fidayeens’ and are backed by Pakistan’s ISI in order to wage a war against the Indian government,” read the communication.
The top police officer had further informed the district magistrate that the acts committed by the terrorists allegedly attracted the provisions of 121 and 121A (waging war against the country) of the Ranbir Penal Code and sought the sanction to prosecute Naveed as per Section 196 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which was eventually granted. Despite attempts, HT could not contact Choudhary.
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Naveed’s partner in the ambush, suicide attacker Mohammed Nomen, was killed in retaliatory fire. There port informed that while Naveed belonged to Pakistan’s Faisalabad, the deceased terrorist was from Bahawalpur.
According to the counterterror source, Naveed had spent around three years with the LeT. “He came in touch with several instructors, some of who may be from state agencies we suspect,” said the source, adding that a “local guide” had helped Naveed when he crossed over into Kashmir.
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