NIA quizzes ‘deranged’ man for an hour

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Pathankot
  • Updated: Jan 11, 2016 20:35 IST
Deranged man who was injured in cross firing between militants and security forces being taken for NIA quizzing in Pathankot civil hospital on Monday. (HT Photo)

Looking into the January 2 Pakistani terror attack on the local airbase, a National Investigation Agency (NIA) team was in the civil hospital here for about an hour on Monday to interrogate an injured man posing as deaf, mute and mentally challenged.

From the scene of encounter between the security forces and foreign terrorists, this man was found with two bullets in the thigh and another in the ankle, and moved to hospital where he started behaving abnormal and playing mute until pain made him speak while his wounds were being dressed. The security agencies started suspecting him after that.

He first identified himself as Raj Kumar but, in later interrogation, claimed a new identity and address. Deputy superintendent of police (rural) Kuldip Singh declined to divulge details of this investigation but it seems that the injured man remains a hard nut to crack and the agencies are waiting for him to get fit so that they could interrogate him. HT highlighted recently how several more men pretending to be deranged and roaming near the security establishments could be Pakistani spies.

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