NIA files chargesheet against two Awantipora youth in connection with Jalandhar blasts

In connection with grenade attacks that took place in Jalandhar last year, the National Investigation Agency has filed a chargesheet against two Kashmiri youth.

The attacks took place last year at a police station in Maqsudan, Jalandhar. In a statement, NIA said that they had  arrested Fazil Bashir Pinchoo and Shahid Quyoom, residents of Jammu and Kashmir’s Awantipora, on November 8, 2018.

The statement further said that two had carried out the attacks with Rouf Ahmed Mir and Ummer Ramzan to “wage  war against India and further the conspiracy to destabilise the law and order situation in Punjab.”

“While Pinchoo and Quyoom were studying at St Soldiers Institute, Jalandhar, Rouf Ahmed Mir and Ummer Ramzan had travelled from Awantipora to Jalandhar on September 13, 2018, to take part in the attack,” NIA statement read.

“Probe revealed that the four had allegedly targeted Maqsudan police station with Amir Nazir Mir and Rasik Ahmed Mir under a conspiracy by Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH), led by its self-styled chief Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa, to target security installations in the country,” the spokesman said.

“All the accused persons are cadres of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH), a Kashmir-based outfit with a Pan-Islamic ideology,” he said.

“The NIA alleged Bashir and Quyoom had collected four hand grenades from an unknown cadre of AGH near Verka Plant, Jalandhar on September 9, 2018,” he added.

“On September 13, 2018, Rauf Ahmed Mir and Ummer Ramzan travelled from Kashmir to Chandigarh on a private airlines flight and to Jalandhar by road,” said the spokesman.

“They did a recce of potential targets on September 13 itself and after selecting the police station building, attacked it at around 7:5 pm on September 14, 2018,” he said.

“After the attack, they left for Kashmir, the spokesperson said. Three accused, Rouf Ahmed Mir, Ramzan and Rasik Ahmed Mir, were killed during an encounter between the AGH cadres and forces on December 22, 2018, at Arampora village in Awantipora,” he added.

“The chargesheet has been filed in the Special NIA Court, Mohali, against Fazil Bashir Pinchoo and Sahid Quyoom. ?Further investigation continues with respect to the other accused, including Zakir Musa,” said the spokesman.

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