NIA takes custody of LeT militant


New Delhi, The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today took the custody of a Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba militant who was arrested along the Line of Control (LoC) in Handwara area of North Kashmir recently, officials here said.

The militant, identified as Mohammed Amir Awan, was arrested by the Army on November 24 during an intensive search launched after an encounter in the area on November 21 that left three Lashkar militants dead.

One soldier was also killed during the encounter.

The matter was transferred to the NIA which registered a case yesterday and took the custody of the militant.

During initial interrogation, the militant identified himself as Mohammed Amir Awan whose code in the Lashkar  group was ‘Abu Haamaz’, the officials said.

The militant told his interrogators that he hailed from Bardiya town of the port-city Karachi in Pakistan and was recruited and trained by the militant group.

He was pushed into the Kashmir valley from Pakistan-administered-Kashmir (PaK) for carrying out attacks on various important installations in the Valley, the officials said.