The NIA arrested yet another accused on Thursday in reference to final yr’s Pulwama terror assault, through which 40 CRPF personnel had been killed, an official mentioned.
Mohammad Iqbal Rather (25), a resident of Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam, had allegedly facilitated the motion of Muhammad Umar Farooq — a member of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and the important thing conspirator within the case — after he infiltrated into the Indian territory within the Jammu area in April 2018, a spokesperson of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) mentioned.
Farooq, together with others, had assembled the improvised explosive gadget (IED) used within the Pulwama assault, he mentioned.
Rather was in fixed contact with the Pakistan-based handlers of JeM over safe messaging purposes, the official mentioned.
This was the sixth arrest made by the NIA within the case, he added.
Rather, part of the JeM’s “transportation module”, was in judicial custody since September, 2018 in one other case associated to the phobia outfit and being probed by the premier investigation company, the official mentioned.
He was produced by the jail authorities earlier than a Special NIA Court in Jammu on Thursday and despatched to a seven-day custody of the company for interrogation, he mentioned.
In March, two individuals, together with the one who procured chemical compounds on-line for making the IED used within the Pulwama assault, had been arrested by the NIA.
A person and his daughter, who had been allegedly witnesses to the conspiracy behind the audacious assault, had been additionally arrested in March by the NIA, the anti-terror probe company shaped within the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai assaults.