NIA arrested two accused, one from Srinagar and other from Pulwama, taking the number of those arrested in the case in the past week to five.
New Delhi| Two more accused, including a man who allegedly bought chemicals online for making improvised explosive device (IED) to be used in an attack on a convoy of the CRPF in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama last year, were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday, an official said.
The terror attack left 40 CRPF personnel dead in south Kashmir’s Pulwama last year.
Waiz-ul-Islam, 19, from Srinagar and Mohammad Abbass Rather, 32, from Pulwama were arrested by the NIA, taking the number of those arrested in the case in the past week to five.
During initial interrogation, Islam disclosed that he used his Amazon online shopping account to procure chemicals for making IEDs, batteries and other accessories on the directions of Pakistani Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists,” the official said.
Rather is an old overground worker of the JeM. He has disclosed that he gave shelter at his home to Jaish terrorist and IED expert Mohd Umar after he came to Kashmir in April-May 2018,” the official said.
Rather also sheltered other JeM terrorists – suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar, Sameer Ahmed Dar and Kamran, a Pakistani — at his house before the Pulwama attack, the official said.
“He also facilitated safe shelter for the JeM terrorists, including Adil, at the house of accused Tariq Ahmed Shah and his daughter Insha Jan of Hakripora, who were arrested on March 3,” the official said.
He also said that Islam personally delivered the items to the JeM terrorists after buying them online as a part of the conspiracy to carry out the attack.
He said Islam and Rather will be produced before the NIA special court in Jammu on Saturday, while the further investigation in the case continues. The NIA took over the case to probe the conspiracy behind February 14, 2019, attack in Pulwama.