NIA Puts Rs 10lakh On Heads Of Naved's Two Associates

18 August 2015
Times of India
Deeptiman Tiwary

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday released the sketches of two suspected LeT terrorists who infiltrated India along with Udhampur attacker Mohammed Naveed but are absconding. The agency has also announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh on each. The terrorists have been identified as Zargham alias Mohammed Bhai, 38-40, and Abu Okasha, 17-18. Both hail from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan and were sent along with Naveed and Noman (the terrorist who was gunned down by BSF during the Udhampur ambush) to launch an attack in the country. TOI was the first to report (August 6, 2015) on two more terrorists having infiltrated into Jammu and Kashmir with Naveed and Noman. Naveed, who is undergoing a lie detector test in the custody of NIA, has told interrogators that he along with Noman, Zargham and Okasha infiltrated into India on June 3 in the Gulmarg sector after breaching the fence near Noori post. 'During interrogation Naveed said that all four were provided with a bag containing an AK 47, six grenades, magazines, compass, map and GPS sets when they started from Pakistan. The group infiltrated together and travelled from Gulmarg to Chursoo in Awantipora before splitting into two groups. The four stayed together for eight days,' said a security establishment officer adding that Naveed had no idea where Zargham and Okasha were headed. Sources also said that the names of the two terrorists are also not real and there whereabouts are yet to be ascertained. 'Although it is suspected they are still in J&K,' said the officer. From Chursoo, Naveed left for Khrew to meet LeT commander in the Valley, Abu Qasim, who gave him the task of attacking BSF convoy in Udhampur on August 3. Zargham and Okasha left for another place which Naveed is not aware of, said sources. Agencies have also taken note of the men coming from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and see it as evidence of Pakistan's selective approach to terrorism. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the main theater for Pakistan's Zarb-e-Azb operation - a broad military campaign against militants located in the province, and neighboring Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The region, which borders Afghanistan, is the main theatre of activities of Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan. LeT, too, runs several training camps in the region.