Hunt On For Bizman Who Gave Rs 5 Lakh To Udhampur Terrorists

10 August 2015

Srinagar: A hunt has been launched for the businessman who is alleged to have paid money to Mohammed Naved Khan, the Pakistani militant who was caught alive last week after the Udhampur terror strike in which two BSF personnel were killed. Facing persistent questioning by a host of interrogators, Naved told them that he had shared all information available with him and that there was nothing more. '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. The language spoken by him is generally used in Faisalabad and Sialkot areas of Pakistan, his interrogators said. Naved was taken to Jammu today and produced before a special NIA court for further remand. Meanwhile, based on information provided by him, police and central security agencies launched a manhunt for a businessman who is alleged to have paid him and Mohammed Noman, alias Momin, Rs 5 lakh for sharing it with other Lashkar-e-Toiba militants. The businessman, who reportedly owns a shop in uptown Srinagar, had provided the money to Naved and his handlers to run a Lashkar network in Kashmir and carry out terror strikes. 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 two modules of 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. He had undergone two training modules - 'Daur-e-Aam' and 'Daura-e-Khas'. While the first module teaches physical fitness, mountaineering and use of small arms, in the second they are trained in using assault rifles and manufacture of small explosives. A case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Arms Act and various sections of Indian Penal Code had been registered against Naved. He had 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. 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.