Three detained for aiding LeT militant ambush BSF convoy in Udhampur
Srinagar/New Delhi: At least two persons were arrested and three others detained for allegedly aiding Mohammed Naveed Yakub, a Pakistani terrorist of Lashker-e-Taiba, who ambushed a BSF convoy near Udhampur on Wednesday.
Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Naveed was caught alive after a terrorist attack on a BSF convoy that was travelling on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Udhampur district. Pic/PTI
The arrests followed interrogation by central security agencies of Yakub, who was caught alive by villagers after the Wednesday attack which killed two BSF constables.
Around 12 people were interrogated by the agencies based on details provided by the 23-year-old Pakistani national hailing from Faislabad in Pakistan.
Two people have been placed under arrest, adding the first one was the truck driver who drove them to Samroli in Udhampur from Kulgam. The other one was a bakery owner at Pulwama, who is allegedly a worker of Lashker-e-Taiba.
The three others who were being questioned at the highly-fortified interrogation centres and there was a possibility that they may be arrested, sources said.
NIA has placed a team of officers led by Inspector General SK Singh in Srinagar. A case under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Arms Act and various sections of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against Yakub and his accomplice, who has been identified by him as Noman alias Momin.
Yakub reached Srinagar late last night as he was brought to Kashmir by road because helicopters failed to take off due to bad weather.
Sources said he was being taken to all the places that he had mentioned during interrogation after he was overpowered by two of three villagers he had taken as hostages. He, along with Noman, had on Wednesday ambushed a BSF convoy killing two constables. Noman was also killed in retaliatory fire.
After undergoing training in two different modules with the Lashker-e-Taiba terror group, Yakub along with three others had entered into India through Baramulla in North Kashmir area by cutting the fencing.
During interrogation, he said that he had stayed at Tangmarg and Baba Reshi and shifted their base to Awantipura-Pulwama in South Kashmir where he remained inside a cave located on a hill side.