Udhampur attack: All accused will come face to face

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New Delhi, Oct 19: In a bid to get more information relating to the Udhampur attack involving the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, the National Investigation Agency will bring all the accused under one roof and question them jointly.

All those involved in the attack would be brought face to face with Pakistani national and prime accused Mohammad Naved.

Udhampur:NIA to question accused jointly

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This is being done in the wake of several discrepancies in the statements of the accused. Each one has been giving the NIA a different version and unless all the versions match the agency cannot file a concrete and fool proof chargesheet. An NIA official informed OneIndia that the chargesheet is due to be filed soon after this exercise is completed.

Highly trained accused:

All the accused persons appear to be highly trained. Part of their training programme included ways of dodging questions. It appears as though each one has decided to give a different version to the incident and hence the probe has suffered a minor set back. However in such cases, the investigations are normally conducted in brining the accused face to face.

Such an exercise would wipe out discrepancies and conflicting statements regarding the incident. The

NIA will bring together Naved and the recently arrested Shabzar Ahmed Bhat face to face and question them. Bhat is the one who was in the lorry which transported Naved and his accomplice Noman to the attack site where they struck at a BSF convoy. The NIA will also bring in Showkat Bhat the man who drove the truck to the attack site.

The discrepancies in the statements are relating to the execution of the attack. There are more local links to this incident and the terrorists had met with several more persons before launching the attack. All of them were handled by Abu Qasim who continues to remain elusive.

The NIA official says that it is very important to bust the local network keeping the future in mind and hence this investigation into the Udhampur case is very crucial.

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