In a significant breakthrough, the NIA arrested on Friday an operative of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) for his alleged involvement within the Pulwama terror assault final 12 months, officers mentioned.
Officials mentioned that 22-year-old ?Shakir Bashir Magrey, a furnishings store proprietor and resident of Hajibal, Kakapora in Pulwama, had supplied shelter and different logistical help to suicide-bomber Adil Ahmad Dar.
Magrey was launched to Dar in mid 2018 by Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Umar Farooq and he grew to become a full-time overground employee (OGW) of the JeM.
During his preliminary interrogation, Magrey disclosed that on a number of events he collected and delivered arms, ammunition, money and explosive supplies to JeM terrorists, together with these concerned within the Pulwama assault, the NIA mentioned.
Magrey additional revealed that he had harboured Dar and Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Umar Farooq in his home from late 2018 until the assault in February 2019, and assisted them within the preparation of the improvised explosive system (IED).
His store is positioned close to Lethpora bridge, and as suggested by Mohammad Umar Farooq, he began conducting reconnaissance of the motion of CRPF convoy on Jammu-Srinagar Highway in January 2019, and knowledgeable Mohammad Umar and Dar about it, officers mentioned.
Magrey was additionally concerned in modifying the Maruti Eeco automotive and becoming IED to it in early February, 2019, they mentioned.
During investigation, the make, mannequin and variety of the automotive used within the assault was shortly ascertained to be a Maruti Eeco automotive via forensic checks of the tiny remnants of the automobile, which have been seized from the spot throughout intensive searches, the NIA mentioned, including this has been corroborated by Magrey.
The explosives used within the assault have been decided via forensic probe to be ammonium nitrate, nitro-glycerin and RDX. Investigation has additionally confirmed the id of the suicide bomber to be Adil Ahmad Dar via DNA matching with that of his father.
The different key terrorists concerned within the assault have been discovered to be Muddasir Ahmad Khan, JeM’s Divisional Commander of South Kashmir killed in an operation by safety forces on March 11, final 12 months; Pakistani terrorists Muhammad Umar Farooq and IED professional Kamran, each killed on March 29 final 12 months; the proprietor of the automotive Sajjad Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Anantnag who was killed on June 16 final 12 months and Qari Yassir, JeM’s Commander for Kashmir who was killed on January 25 this 12 months.
The assault on the CRPF convoy, shifting from Jammu in the direction of Srinagar on February 14 final 12 months in Pulwama, with an IED-laden automobile by Jaish terrorist Dar had claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel and grievously injured many others.
Magrey was produced earlier than the NIA Special Court at Jammu on Friday and remanded to 15 days in NIA custody for his detailed interrogation. Further probe was underway.