Mohammad Naved confession: How the sleeper cells of Kashmir are at work
However, what is more important is that the confession that he made before the Magistrate yesterday in Jammu and Kashmir throws open key questions and the efficiency with which the sleeper cells in the state are being handled.
While the details about his Pakistan origin and the fact that he came to kill many is nothing new and very much on expected lines, the portion of his confession which speaks about a full-fledged local terror network in Jammu and Kashmir is what needs some serious consideration.
Naved who made the confession statement before the Magistrate under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure details his journey into India from Pakistan. Here are the details of the confession.
The role of the local sleeper cells:
Going by what Naved had to say it is clear that when he left Pakistan he had no clue about the nature of the attack. He was just told that he will be paid Rs 50,000 to kill many people.
In want of money and some recognition in his home town, he set out to the Shawai Nala camp of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba in Pakistan and trained hard for 45 days.
On June 2nd he was sent in to India and was received by three persons at the border. He was taken along with the three others who had infiltrated with him to a safe hideout where for the first time he met with Abu Kasim.
It was Abu Kasim who handled Naved, Noman, Zargham and Okasha.
When Naved landed in Kashmir there was no attack planned. It becomes clear that over the next few weeks, it was Kasim and his men who form part of the local sleeper cells in Kashmir who carried out a reconnaissance of the targets and finally zeroed in on Udhampur.
When Naved was asked about Zargham and Okasha he said he had no idea where they were today. He has no idea about their plans.
The NIA strongly suspects that the other two who are missing today may well be in touch with the same sleeper cells and once the heat is off, they may look to strike.
What else has Naved confessed?
"I was told before I left Pakistan that under no circumstance I should reveal my nationality. I was promised a sum of Rs 50,000 for the attack and this is what attracted me. I have met Abu Qasim four times during my stint in Kashmir. Qasim instructed us on where we should stay and whom to meet.
On Aug 3, Noman and I met with Qasim and he told us that it was time to execute an attack. We were told that we could go back to Pakistan after the attack. We were told that the local units of the Lashkar had conducted a survey of the target and we needed to proceed towards Udhampur.
We were introduced to Khurshid Bhat and told that he would take us to Udhampur. It was Bhat who drove us to the target site in a lorry.
Qasim wished us and told us that we were doing the work of God. We were told that we must never be captured and after the attack, an escape route too had been planned. After Noman was shot I planned my escape."
Journey into the Lashkar:
"At Faisalbad after prayers at the Mosque, the Maulvi told me that I had to serve my people who were suffering in Kashmir."
"He introduced me to a person from the Lashkar who took me to Shawai Nala camp where I trained for 45 days. We were not told about what we should do in Kashmir. We have our men in Kashmir who will tell you what to do."