The J&K police has detained at least six people whose names were revealed by arrested Pakistani militant Mohammad Naved, alias Usman, who was captured by villagers and security forces soon after he and his associate attacked a BSF vehicle at Udhampur on the national highway.
Naved was shifted to Srinagar from Jammu under tight security on Friday. He was taken to the Joint Interrogation Centre where senior officers from police, NIA and IB interrogated him, said sources.
The sources added that Naved revealed details about his stay in different parts of the Valley, especially South Kashmir, where he stayed for weeks. He also named the people who helped him. Based on this information, police detained over six people from Charsoo, Awantipore, Pulwama, and Kulgam areas.
Naved is learnt to have revealed during the interrogation that he sneaked into the Valley through the Gulmarg — Uri sector, stayed for a while Tangmarg and later shifted to Charsoo village in Awantipore. He also told the interrogators that he remained at Khrew in South Kashmir for many days where he met militants, said sources.
Officials said he was also questioned about Abu Qasim, the current operational chief of Lashkar-e-Toiba, and his deputy Abu Dujhana. Naved is learnt to have replied that he had met both during his stay in South Kashmir.
The militant is learnt to have given vital leads about Lashkar operatives and their hideouts in South Kashmir.
Officials said that besides NIA officials, police teams of different districts are planning to interrogate him.
Meanwhile, J&K police, Army and the CRPF have set up additional checking points on the national highway linking north and south Kashmir. Police, too, have stepped up checking of private vehicles, as they have information that militants are using private transport to move from one place to another.