Pakistan teen held for Samba attack may not have been involved: BSF

Samba attackAfter preliminary interrogation, the BSF handed him over to Kathua police. PTI

A 15-year-old youth, who was detained on Sunday for his alleged involvement in the twin terror attacks in Hiranagar and Samba on September 26, had crossed over to India two-and-a-half years back, according to BSF officials.

"It is highly unlikely that he would have been involved in such a big terror attacks. He was going back to Pakistan as he was fed up with his life here. He told us that he had fled his country to escape penury, but he had to work here and was not given full meals," said Dharminder Pareek, DIG, BSF, Jammu. The youth, according to officials, was a fan of Bollywood films and wanted to become a hero.

"He says he crossed over to India when he was a little over 12 years old. It is unlikely that he would have been sent by his handlers more than two years ago to plot the attack," said another official. Another official said when they caught the youth, they did not find any cellphone or money on him, and he was wearing torn clothes.

After preliminary interrogation, the BSF handed him over to Kathua police. Kathua SP Mohan Lal said, "Interrogation is still on." The police have obtained 10 days' remand and the youth will be interrogated by a joint team from the Intelligence Bureau, state police and BSF.

A BSF official said the youth was working for a Gurjjar family at Hariyachak in Kathua. The Gurjjar, identified as Hassan Din, has been arrested for keeping the youth illegally with him. The youth, who is reported to be from Sahiwal district in Pakistan's Punjab, has reportedly told interrogators that he was not given any salary. He was reportedly on his way back to Pakistan when he was detained by a BSF team.

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