Srinagar: National Investigation Agency on Thursday claimed to have arrested on more accused involved in Pulwama attack on Thursday.
According to a statement issued today, the investigation agency said; “in the continuing investigation of the Pulwama attack case in which 40 CRPF personnel were martyred in an IED blast on 14.2.2019, today (i.e. on 02.07.2020) NIA arrested one more accused namely Mohammad Iqbal Rather, 25, son of Abdul Khaliq Rather, a resident of Futlipura, Charar-e-Shareef, Budgam, Jammu and Kashmir.”
The statement added that “Mohammad Iqbal Rather had facilitated the movement of Muhammad Umar Farooq, the JeM militant and a key conspirator in this case, after he infiltrated into the Indian territory in Jammu region in April, 2018, from the National Highway near International border to South Kashmir. Mohd Umar Farooq, along with others, had assembled the IED used in the attack.”
The statement further said that Mohd Iqbal Rather had been undergoing judicial custody since September, 2018 in another Jaish-e-Mohammed related case investigated by NIA.
He was produced by the Jail authorities before the NIA Special Court, Jammu today and was taken into seven days NIA custody for his interrogation.
As per the NIA, Initial examination has revealed that Mohd Iqbal Rather was in constant touch with Pakistan-based leadership of Jaish-e-Mohammed and was in communication with them over secure messaging applications. Mohd Iqbal Rather was part of the ‘transportation module’ of Jaish-e-Mohammed militant organisation.
With this arrest, NIA has so far arrested six accused persons in this case. Investigation in this case is in progress.
On April 14, 2019, 40 CRPF personnel were killed after their convoy came under attack in Lethpora area of Pulwama district, on Srinagar Jammu highway. The bus carrying the personnel was rammed in by an explosive-laden vehicle.
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