PULWAMA ATTACK 2019: ONE ACCUSED UNDER NIA CUSTODY

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NANCY JAISWAL: A serious breakthrough in the Pulwama case, NIA arrested one accused viz. Shakir Bashir Magrey, an Over-Ground Worker (OGW) of JeM, aged 22 years, s/o Bashir Ahmed Magrey, resident of Hajibal, Kakapora, Pulwama, J&K on Friday, claimed to be a furniture shop owner provided shelter and other logistical help to the suicide-bomber Adil Ahmad Dar. He is said to be introduced to Adil Ahmad Dar in mid-2018 by a Pakistani terrorist viz. Mohammad Umar Farooq. Amid his initial interrogation, he revealed that on various occasions, he collected and delivered arms, ammunition, cash and explosive material to the JeM terrorists including the one’s involved in Pulwama attack.

2. Accused Shakir Bashir Magrey further disclosed that he gave shelter to Adil Ahmad Dar and Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Umar Farooq in his house from late 2018 till the attack in February 2019, and helped them in the preparation of the IED. His shop is located near the Lethpora bridge, and as advised by Mohammad Umar, he started an inspection of the movement of CRPF convoy on Jammu-Srinagar Highway in January 2019 and informed Mohammad Umar and Adil Ahmad Dar about it. Further, he was also involved in modifying the Maruti Eeco car and fitting the IED in it in early February 2019.

3. During the investigation, the make, model and number of the car used in the attack was quickly ascertained by NIA to be a Maruti Eeco car through forensic examination of the tiny remnants of the car, which were seized from the spot during extended searches. This has been corroborated by accused Shakir Bashir Magrey. The explosives used in the attack were found to be Ammonium Nitrate, NitroGlycerin and RDX through forensic investigation. The investigation has also assured the identity of the suicide bomber to be Adil Ahmad Dar through DNA matching with that of his father. Other key terrorists involved in the attack have been found to be Muddasir Ahmad Khan, (JeM’s Divisional Commander of South Kashmir killed in an operation by security forces on 11-03-2019) Pakistani terrorists viz. Muhammad Umar Farooq and IED expert Kamran, (both killed on 29-03-2019) the owner of the car namely- Sajjad Ahmad Bhat r/o Marhama, Anantnag (killed on 16-06-2019) and Qari Yassir, JeM’s Commander for Kashmir (killed on 25-01-2020)

4. The attack on the CRPF convoy, traveling from Jammu towards Srinagar on 14-02-2019 at Pulwama, with an IED-laden vehicle by Jaish terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar had taken lives of 40 CRPF personnel and brutally injured many others. 5. OGW Shakir Bashir Magrey was produced before the NIA Special Court at Jammu today and remanded to 15 days of NIA custody for his detailed interrogation. However, the investigation is still on.

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