SRINAGAR: Two persons were on Saturday detained by the security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir over their alleged links with arrested Pakistani LeT militant Mohammad Naved, even as the NIA took over the investigation in the case.
Sources said the duo were nabbed from South Kashmir. “Two people have been detained from South Kashmir on Saturday. They were detained after Naved gave information about them. The duo have been brought here for further questioning,” they said. And the pair will be confronted with Naved, who is under detention here.
“One of the arrested is a truck driver, who allegedly drove Naved and his accomplice to Samroli, Udhampur,” sources said, adding that over a dozen persons are being questioned by the security agencies in South Kashmir to ascertain their links, if any, with Naved.
According to sources, more arrests were likely in the coming days as Naved had disclosed the identities of some people, who had provided shelter to the militants before they travelled to Udhampur.
Official sources said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had on Friday issued an order informing the handing over of the investigations of Udhampur militant attack to the NIA. According to them, the state Home Department had been intimated by the MHA in this regard.
“Accordingly the J&K Police on Saturday handed over the investigation of the case to NIA,” sources said, adding that a team of NIA officials had arrived here on Saturday to interrogate Naved, who was brought here on Friday by the J&K Police.
They said that the police in Jammu, who had lodged an FIR of the case at Chenani Police Station in Udhampur, will now hand over the case diary to the NIA. “Besides, it would hand over the custody of arrested Pakistani militant, weapons and ammunition seized from the slain and captured militant and related documents to the NIA.” Chenani Police in Udhampur had registered FIR No. 60/2015 under Sections 120, 120-B, 307, 302 RPC, 7/25 Arms Act and 15/16 Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against Naved and his accomplice.
Sources, further, said the NIA, assisted by police, will take Naved to the Line of Control (LoC), from where he had infiltrated, and to the places where he had stayed in the Valley.