JAMMU: LeT terrorist Mohammed Naved Yakub, a resident of Pakistan, will make a confessional statement before a magistrate here on Wednesday regarding the role of the terror outfit in carrying out strikes like the Udhampur attack in Jammu and Kashmir. Naved, in his early 20s, was produced before a Special NIA court here today amid tight security and later taken to Chief Judicial Magistrate where the investigating agency informed that the accused was willing to give a confessional statement suo-motu. He would be produced before a magistrate assigned by the Chief Judicial Magistrate on Wednesday. The report of his lie detector test was expected soon and the same would be provided to the magistrate who would be recording his confessional statement. Naved was extensively questioned for over a fortnight by NIA and sleuths of intelligence agencies during which he identified the truck driver Khursheed Ahmed Bhat, who had since been arrested.
The Lashker terrorist also provided a picture of Abu Qassim, terror outfit’s South Kashmir-based commander, on whom the agency has announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh to any information leading to his arrest. NIA has released a photograph, which it had recovered during raids at various terror hideouts in Kashmir Valley, of one of the accused identified as Abu Okasha, a resident of Khyber Paktukhwa in Pakistan. The agency also announced a cash reward of Rs five lakh on information leading to his arrest. A similar cash reward has been announced for the fourth accomplice Zhargham who infiltrated into India with Naved and others from Gulmarg sector in the valley. A resident of Faisalabad in Pakistan, Naved was earlier brought from Srinagar by the NIA team and was also taken to the spot of terror attack on highway at Narsu Nallah in Udhampur district.
2015 Kashmir Despatch