Srinagar, August 11: Based on information provided by Mohammed Naved Khan, the Pakistani militant who was caught alive last week after on BSF Convoy in Udhampur which two BSF personnel were killed, NIA (National Investigation Agency) has launched a hunt for the Srinagar based businessman who is alleged to have paid money.
During interrogation, Naved told NIA that one businessman, who reportedly owns a shop in uptown Srinagar have paid him and Mohammed Noman, alias Momin, Rs 5 lakh for sharing it with other Lashkar-e-Toiba militants. As per information the man had provided the money to Naved and his handlers to run a Lashkar network in Kashmir and carry out terror strikes.
Naved also claimed that he hails from Faisalabad in Pakistan. His accomplice, identified by him as Noman, alias Momin, was killed in retaliatory firing by BSF during the terror attack. He generally speaks a language used in Faisalabad and Sialkot areas of Pakistan.
He faced persistent questioning by a host of interrogators. “Mere kol jitna bhi tha, mein dus ditta. Haur mere kol kuch na hai, mainu tang na karo (I have shared whatever I knew. I don’t know anything beyond this. Please stop asking me again and again),” Naved reportedly told his interrogators today when he was being questioned again about the route he took for infiltration.
So far, 11 persons had been rounded up by the police based on information provided by Naved during his interrogation and all of them were being questioned, the sources said.
Naved’s interrogators said he was changing statements frequently and had given four different accounts of the route he and his accomplices took to infiltrate.
After undergoing training with Lashkar, Naved is perceived to be a hardened militant who is trying to confuse his interrogators, a tactic apparently aimed at buying time for his accomplices in the terror network to slip away.
The NIA team would examine the BSF personnel who were in the convoy that had come under attack and local villagers who captured the armed terrorist, sources said.