SRINAGAR:The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday arrested two more accused, including a man who bought the chemicals to make improvised explosive device (IED) online from e-commerce giant Amazon, which was used in the attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama last year, officials said as reported by news agency PTI.
The terror attack left 40 CRPF personnel dead in south Kashmir’s Pulwama last year on February 14.
The two men identified as Waiz-ul-Islam, 19, and Mohammad Abbas Rather, 32, were arrested from Pulwama by the NIA, taking the toll of those arrested in the case 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 as quoted by PTI.
The official further said that Islam personally delivered the chemicals bought from Amazon to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists as a part of the conspiracy to carry out the attack on the personnel.
“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,” PTI quoted an official as saying.
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 said Islam and Rather will be produced before the NIA special court in Jammu today, 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.
The last video of Adil, which was released by the JeM from Pakistan after the terror attack, was filmed at the home of Tariq Ahmed Shah. On February 28, the NIA achieved a major breakthrough in the case when it arrested 22-year-old Shakir Bashir Magrey, a furniture shop owner and resident of Pulwama.
Magrey had given shelter and other logistical assistance to suicide bomber Adil. He was introduced to Adil in mid-2018 by Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Umar Farooq and he became a full-time OGW of the JeM.
The explosives used in the attack were determined through forensic probe to be ammonium nitrate, nitro-glycerin and RDX. During the investigation into the attack, the identity of the suicide bomber to be Adil Ahmad Dar was confirmed through DNA matching with that of his father.
The other key terrorists involved in the attack have been found to be JeM’s south Kashmir divisional head Muddasir Ahmad Khan, killed in an operation by the security forces on March 11 last year; Pakistani terrorists Muhammad Umar Farooq and IED expert Kamran, both killed on March 29 last year; the owner of the car Sajjad Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Anantnag who was killed on June 16 last year, and Qari Yassir, JeM’s commander for Kashmir who was killed on January 25 this year.