NIA arrests ‘JeM OGW’ from south Kashmir’s Pulwama

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SRINAGAR — National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday claimed to have arrested an Over Ground Worker (OGW) of the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant outfit from Pulwama district in connection with the Sunjwan attack case in which a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer was killed and several others were injured on April 22 last month.

“NIA arrested one accused person namely Abid Ahmad Mir son of Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, resident of Putrigam, PS Rajpora, Pulwama, in the case RC-03/2022/ NIA/JMU,” NIA said in a statement.

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Two days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Jammu on April 24, a joint team of police and security forces had claimed to have killed two suspected Pakistani militants “wearing suicide vests” during a five-hour encounter near the Sunjwan military station in the Jammu region.

The case was initially registered in Police station Bahu Fort, Jammu as FIR (No. 115/2022), dated April 22, 2022, and re-registered by NIA on April 26, 2022.

“Investigation has revealed that accused Abid Ahmad Mir is an Over Ground Worker of JeM and was a close associate of arrested accused Bilal Ahmed Wagay,” NIA said, adding, “He was also in touch with Pakistan based handlers of JeM. He knowingly and voluntarily had extended support to the other co-accused persons in the commission of the instant crime.”

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“The further investigation in the case continues,” the NIA added.

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