Jammu: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday began its probe into yesterday's daring attack on a BSF convoy near Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir and took custody of the Pakistani terrorist, Usman alias Mohammad Naved who was captured following a joint operation by the security forces, for interrogation.
According to media reports, a team of NIA reached Jammu this afternoon to take custody of the young Pakistani terrorist, who had claimed that he came to kill Hindus and targeted the annual Amarnath Yatra.
The captured terrorist after the first round of investigation by J&K Police and intelligence agencies said that he hailed from Faisalabad, Pakistan and had been on Indian soil for the past 12 days.
"Its fun doing this," said Naved, a suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba militant from Pakistan, who was interrogated all throughout the night.
Naved, who says he hails from Faislabad in Pakistan, claimed before the media that he entered the Jammu region 12 days ago along with a fellow terrorist identified as Momin Khan. Khan was killed in retaliatory fire by BSF.
This is the first suspected Pakistani terrorist to be captured alive after Ajmal Kasab, who was nabbed during the dreaded terror attack in Mumbai in 2008.
Naved, dressed in a dark blue shirt and brown trousers, told investigators that it was “fun to kill Hindus”.
Naved also alleged that Kashmiris were being killed all the time. "It has been 12 days since I came here. We walked all days in the jungle," he said as villagers clicked pictures with the prize catch.
"I am from Pakistan and my partner was killed in the firing but I escaped. Had I been killed, it would have been Allah's doing. There is fun in doing this," Naved said.
Initially, he said that he was in his early 20s but later claimed that he was only 16. He had been changing his statements. First he identified himself as Kasim Khan and later as Usman.
This has been the tactics of banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) sending youngsters to Jammu and Kashmir with the direction that in case they were caught, they should claim to be below 18 years so that they are tried as juveniles.
According to reports, there had been many warnings from the intelligence about a possible terror attack in Udhampur which was a vulnerable spot due to the ongoing Amarnath yatra.
Two BSF jawans were also martyred and a militant was killed in the cross-firing from both sides after a BSF convoy was attacked.