Udhampur attack: Court okays polygraph test on Showkat Bhat

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New Delhi, Sep 7: A Delhi court today granted permission to the National Investigating Agency to conduct a lie detector or polygraph test on Showkat Ahmed Bhat an accused in the Udhampur attack. The NIA had moved the court seeking permission to conduct a lie detector test on Bhat.

Showkat Ahmed Bhat was arrested by the NIA a week back. The 36 year old is a resident of Khadermoh PS Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir.

Showkat Bhat to undergo polygraph test

According to the NIA, Bhat was involved in transporting the four terrorists from Baba Rishi in District Baramulla, soon after they had infiltrated into India from PoK. After Naved, this is the second arrest made by the NIA.

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The NIA had also arrested Khurshid Bhat, a driver who had transported Naved and Noman to the attack site on August 5. Khurshid and Showkat Bhat form part of the local network of the Lashkar in Kashmir.

They are an extremely crucial part of the network. In fact the module of the Lashkar is divided into several rungs in Kashmir and each one is handed out a separate task to undertake.

The investigation of Bhat is extremely crucial for the NIA. He holds the key to information on the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba's local Kashmir network. The NIA had found that his answers were inconsistent during the interrogation following which the agency sought a lie detector test to be conducted on him.

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