The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) on Monday was allowed to keep alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Naveed in the Capital for two weeks and conduct a lie detector test on Tuesday.
Naveed, who was captured on August 5 in Udhampur by villagers after an attack on a Border Security Force (BSF) convoy that killed two officers, was produced before a Delhi court amid tight security.
In an in-camera hearing before district judge Amar Nath, the NIA said he had been giving conflicting statements to investigators and sought authorisation to give him a lie detector test. They also requested permission to collect his DNA and voice samples.
The alleged LeT terrorist and resident of Faisalabad, Pakistan, was brought from Jammu to Delhi last week. During the hearing, he was represented by legal aid counsel Asim Ali and gave his permission for the polygraph test in writing in Urdu, sources said. Naveed will be in NIA’s custody till August 24.
During the hearing, NIA told court that Naveed’s interrogation was extremely important in order to uncover the loopholes in his story. The details pertaining to his route into India and his associates in the Valley were “very much essential to expose the larger conspiracy behind” the August 5 attack on the country.
Sources added that DNA sample needed to be taken so that it could be sent to Pakistani authorities in case they expressed doubts about the militant’s identity.
According to the NIA, a truck driver, who ferried Naveed along with his accomplice Noman alias Momin to Udhampur, and a businessman who was alleged to have paid `5 lakh to Naveed and his handler, have been missing and a manhunt has been launched to nab them.
NIA sources say the accused is a hardened militant who is giving conflicting stories to his interrogators as a way to buy time for his accomplices to escape arrest. In March this year, he had also undergone a refresher course for six weeks in Pakistan with 25 others before infiltrating Kashmir, they added.