Sajjad and the four other terrorists had crossed over to India from Lachipora in Uri on the night of August 17 after cutting the barbed wire fencing on the LoC.
Pakistani militant Sajjad alias Ubaidullah was surrounded by Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, even as four other terrorists had been killed.
He later told his interrogators that his accomplice Usman, who was one of those killed, had said “the only way left now is to attain martyrdom”. But the SOG team slowly approached his hiding place and started reciting verses from the Quran. “Even after we had killed the other four militants, Sajjad was putting up resistance.
Some SOG policemen recited verses from the Quran and told the militant that they are also Muslim and will not kill him if he lays down his weapon,’’ said a top police officer who interrogated the arrested militant. “After that he didn’t show any resistance and was captured.’’
Sajjad and the four other terrorists had crossed over to India from Lachipora in Uri on the night of August 17 after cutting the barbed wire fencing on the LoC. He told the investigators the group was led by Abu Tullah, who was also their Ameer.
“Tullah was the first one to get killed in the encounter on Wednesday morning, soon after they were intercepted by a joint patrol of the Army and police at Qazinag Dhara area in North Kashmir,’’ Sajjad said during questioning. “Finally, Usman told me that there was no way to escape as the army and police had sealed all routes and the only way left was to attain martyrdom.
Soon he (Usman) also got killed,’’ Sajjad said. Sources said the 22-year-old revealed that he is a Baloch residing at Muzzaffargarh in Punjab (Pakistan). “Before crossing the LoC, this group had spent some time near Muzaffarabad.
They had plans to establish a base in North Kashmir’s Rafiabad area,’’ a senior police officer told The Indian Express. He said the militants’ movement was detected soon after they crossed the LoC and an operation was launched by the two units of the Army, Special Operation Group of police and the Special Forces when the terrorists were near Qazinag Dhara area.
Sajjad is the second terrorist to be caught alive in less than a month. He had been sent to the Joint Interrogation Centre in Srinagar, where he will be questioned. J&K Police have sent the interrogation details of the militant to the Ministry of Home Affairs.