If the startling revelations made by Pak operative Naved are true then serious introspection would be required on part of our security forces, and state police department over the state of security on the national highway, and key towns, and cities in Jammu and Kashmir. The issue has assumed seriousness because of the wanton ease with which Pak ultras moved across the state highway with weapons, and other supplies without getting checked anywhere on the National Highway.
Naved has disclosed that he along with his associate Abu Aseem moved from Baribrahmana to Awantipora in Kashmir along with weapons without getting checked at any point while they moved in a truck.
The NIA to investigate the lapses took the terrorist to various places in Jammu on the national highway at Sidhra, and other places where they stopped for beverages.
On July 9, the LeT had deputed Naved and his associate to carry out an attack on the security agencies and asked to board a truck to Jammu. The truck driver loaded soft drinks from Bari Brahmana, and parked the truck with arms and ammunition inside the factory. They strolled in the area, had food and returned to Kashmir once the vehicle was loaded. They returned to valley as they chickened out before making an attack. The militant said that they refrained from attacking the amaranth pilgrims because they were moving in high security convoys. On the second run, they attacked the BSF bus because it was travelling alone, and also Aseem was replaced by Momin who later died during the attack.
What has surprised the NIA is that high alert had been sounded when the terrorists moved with ease on the J&K national highway. High security was being maintained due to the Amarnath pilgrimage, and this has shocked the higher-ups and security experts.
Attempts are also being made by the NIA to connect the dots in the entire journey made by the terrorists and to spot weaknesses in the security setup along with identifying sleeper cells in the state. Naved is likely to make a confessional statement before a magistrate about his role in the terror attack on the BSF bus in Udhampur.