The terrorist, a local of Faislabad, revealed he had entered India 12 days ago and was here to kill Hindus.
The terrorist who was caught by security forces made his first confession on camera hours after he was caught for killing two Border Security Forces guards during an ambush on the convoy in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir.
“It’s fun doing this,” said Mohammed Naved, who is suspected to be a Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorist from Pakistan.
Usman, said he hailed from Faislabad in Pakistan, and claimed he had entered Jammu 12 days ago along with his fellow terrorist, Momin Khan, who was killed in the retaliatory fire by the BSF.
This is the first suspected Pakistani terrorist to be captured alive after Ajmal Kasab, who was nabbed during the dreaded terror attack in Mumbai in 2008.
“I came to kill Hindus,” said Naved, dressed in a dark blue shirt and brown trousers, with a relaxed demeanour. He also alleged that Kashmiris were being killed all the time.
“It has been 12 days since I came here. We walked all day in the jungle,” he said as villagers clicked pictures with the prize catch.
“I am from Pakistan and my partner was killed in the firing but I escaped. Had I been killed, it would have been Allah’s doing. There is fun in doing this,” Naved said.
Initially, he said that he was in his early 20s, but later claimed that he was only 16. He had been changing his statements. First he identified himself as Kasim and later as Usman.
This has been the tactics of banned Lashkar group sending youngsters to Jammu and Kashmir with the direction that in case they were caught, they should claim to be below 18 years so that they are tried as juveniles.
Usman was caught by those whom he took hostage. Speaking of the incident, Rakesh Kumar, a youth who was taken hostage said, “As I came out of my house after hearing gun shot, this militant came and asked me to come with him. He had already taken three-four people along.”
“We were taken at gunpoint to the school. He asked us to show us the route to escape from the area,” another hostage, Vikramjeet said.
The militant threatened them that if they didn’t show him the route, he would kill their family, he said, adding that they also offered him some food.
While the other three, Desraj, Subash Sharma and Jeeven, managed to escape, Vikramjeet and Rakesh fought with him and caught him after a tough struggle.
“I caught his neck and he (Rakesh) caught hold of the gun. He (the militant) fired a few round but we escaped narrowly and caught him,” Vikramjeet said.