Pulwama Attack: Two more persons arrested by NIA

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National Investigating Agency (NIA)

SRINAGAR — National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday claimed to have arrested two more persons involved in the Lethpora, Pulwama deadly attack in which 40 CRPF men were killed.

In a statement issued here, the NIA said that in the continuing investigation of the Pulwama attack case in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, NIA arrested two more accused – Waiz ul Islam (19) son of Ghulam Haider Ganai of Bagh-e-Mehtab, Srinagar and Mohammad Abbas Rather (32) son of Mohammad Ramzan Rather of Hakripora, Pulwama.

As per the statement, during initial interrogation, accused Waiz ul Islam disclosed that he used his Amazon online shopping account to procure chemicals for making IEDs, batteries and other accessories on the directions of the Pakistani JeM militants.

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He also personally delivered the items to the JeM terrorists after procuring the incriminating material online as a part of the conspiracy to carry out the Pulwama attack, the statement said.

“Accused Mohd Abbas Rather is an old Over-Ground Worker (OGW) of JeM. He has disclosed that he gave shelter at his home to Jaish militant Mohd Umar (IED expert) after Umar came to Kashmir in April-May 2018. Further, he also harboured JeM militants namely Adil Ahmad Dar, Sameer Ahmed Dar and Kamran (Pakistani) at his house a number of times in the run-up to the Pulwama attack,” the statement said.

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“He also facilitated safe shelter for the JeM militants, including the suicide bomber Adil Ahmed Dar and others at the house of the accused Tariq Ahmed Shah and his daughter Insha Jan of Hakripora, Pulwama, who have already been arrested on 03.03.2020,” the statement reads.

“The two arrested accused shall be produced before the NIA Special Court at Jammu tomorrow. Further investigation in the case continues.” the statement said.

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