NIA Arrests Two More In Pulwama Attack Case

At least 40 CRPF jawans were martyred in the attack in Pulwama on February 14th, 2019


The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on March 3rd, 2020, arrested two more accused in connection with the Pulwama attack case that took place on February 14th, 2019.

The accused have been identified as Tariq Ahmed Shah, 50, of Hakripora village in Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir and his daughter Insha Jan, 23. Tariq Ahmed works as a Tipper driver in the South Kashmir, J&K.

“During the initial interrogation, accused Shah has disclosed that his house at Hakripora, Pulwama was used by Adil Ahmed Dar (Fidayeen), Mohd Umar Farooq (a Pakistani terrorist and IED maker), Kamran (who was later killed in encounters with security forces), Sameer Ahmed Dar (a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist from Pulwama and Mohammed Ismail alias Ibrahim alias Adnan (a Pakistani terrorist). Accused Tariq Ahmed Shah facilitated all the terrorists at his house for sheltering and for the planning of the heinous attack on the CRPF convoy. His house was also used by the above-mentioned terrorists for preparing and recording of video of Fidayeen Adil Ahmed Dar, which was released by Jaish-e-Mohammad soon after the Pulwama attack,” a press communiqué of the NIA stated.

NIA also said that accused Insha Jan had facilitated the terrorists at their home and provided food and other logistics during their stay on more than 15 occasions for 2-4 days each time, in their house during the year 2018-2019. “Initial interrogation has revealed that Insha was in constant touch with Mohammed Umar Farooq and was in communication with him over the telephone and other social media applications,” NIA stated in the release.

It may be mentioned that at least 40 CRPF jawans were killed in the heinous attack at Pulwama on February 14th last year. A convoy of 78 vehicles transporting more than 2,500 CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar was travelling on National Highway 44. The convoy had left Jammu around 03:30 am and was carrying a large number of jawans due to the highway having been shut down for two days prior. The convoy was scheduled to reach its destination before sunset.

At Lethpora near Awantipora, around 3:15 pm a bus of the convoy was rammed by a car carrying explosives. It caused a blast which killed 40 CRPF personnel of the 76th Battalion and injured many others.

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