Yasir Javaid Bhat, a teenage suspect arrested for throwing a grenade at the Jammu bus stand that left two people dead, confessed to interrogators on Friday that an overground worker of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit paid him Rs 50,000.
Besides the two killed, over 30 people were injured in the grenade attack on Thursday.
The suspect, belonging to Kulgam district, was arrested from Toll Plaza at Nag rota outside Jammu city when he was trying to escape to the Kashmir Valley.
Eyewitness accounts and CCTV footage helped the police to set up checkposts.
If the Aadhaar card and school records of the suspect are correct, then his birth date is March 12, 2003, making him a juvenile under law.
He is the eldest son of his parents and a student of Class 9. His father is a painter by profession.
Informed sources said he was given Rs 50,000 and a grenade by Muzammil, an overground worker of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, to carry out the grenade attack.
Interrogation of the suspect revealed that Hizb district commander Fayaz Bhat alias Umer originally gave the task of carrying out the grenade attack to Muzammil who failed to execute the task.
Fayaz Bhat then told Muzammil to pass on the task to Yasir Javaid Bhat or 'Chotu'.