Soon after arriving here at 1130 hours, Kumar reached the Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) at Miran Sahib on the outskirts of the city where he interrogated the militant, sources said. At 1310 hours, he left for the scene of the encounter in Udhampur district that left two BSF personnel and a terrorist dead.

In a relply to reporters' question, Kumar said, "He had come to ascertain the facts and review the case personally". He parried a query on whether Naved would be flown to Delhi for further interrogation.  Sources in the agency, which had sought Naved's custody for deepening its probe, had yesterday said he could be sent to Delhi for further questioning. The anti-terror agency chief also held a meeting with NIA officers to review the case and also discussed the detention of several people in Kashmir valley in connection with the matter.

NIA and Jammu and Kashmir Police have been questioning nearly 11 people detained after Naved was caught by some villagers whom he had taken hostage. "It's a very important case for us and the entire probe is being done in a scientific manner," Kumar had asserted. Yesterday, a special court in Jammu handed over Naved's  custody to the Central agency for 14 days.

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