NIA seeks Interpol red-corner notice against Masood

A red corner notice already exists against Azhar for orchestrating the 2001 Parliament attack.

April 12, 2016 03:17 am | Updated November 17, 2021 04:10 am IST - New Delhi:

Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar. File photo

Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar. File photo

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has approached the Interpol for a red-corner notice against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf and two others for their alleged role in the attack on Pathankot airbase.

A red corner notice already exists against Azhar for orchestrating the 2001 Parliament attack.

An official said a dossier, along with the non-bailable warrant issued by a special NIA court in Mohali, Punjab, against the four last week, has been sent to the CBI, the nodal agency representing the Interpol in India.

The NIA had sought warrant against 47-year-old Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf, and Kashif Jan and Shahid Latif, handlers of Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists who infiltrated into India on the intervening night of December 30-31. The terrorists had initially hijacked a taxi and killed its driver Ikagar Singh before commandeering another vehicle carrying a Punjab police officer Salwinder Singh, his friend Rajesh Verma and cook Madan Gopal.

The terrorists, four of whom have been identified, entered the IAF base and carried out a suicide attack in the early hours of January 2.

The NIA court had issued an “open-ended non-bailable warrant” against Azhar and three others for allegedly entering into a criminal conspiracy and carrying out the terror strike, which killed seven security personnel. Bodies of four terrorists were recovered from the site of the encounter that lasted nearly 80 hours.

Evidence given to Interpol

The NIA has forwarded the warrant to Interpol along with the gist of evidence that it has found against the four, which includes telephonic conversation between the terrorists and their handlers such as Jaan and Latif.

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