A man and his daughter were arrested on Tuesday from Pulwama’s Hakripora village for allegedly sheltering the local suicide bomber who attacked a CRPF convoy last year in Pulwama that left 40 jawans dead . Their house was allegedly used to shoot the bomber’s last video by the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM).
They were identified as Tariq Ahmed Shah, 50, a driver by profession, and Insha Jan, 23.
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“Ms. Jan facilitated the terrorists at their home and provided food and other logistics on more than 15 occasions during 2018 and 2019. She was in constant touch with Muhammad Umar Farooq, a Pakistani improvised explosive device (IED) maker, over telephone and other social media applications,” an NIA spokesman said.
During the initial interrogation, Shah disclosed that the suicide bomber , Adil Ahmed Dar, and his Pakistani associates stayed in the house, the NIA said. “Besides sheltering the terrorists, the house was used for planning the heinous attack on the CRPF convoy. It was also used for preparing and recording a video of Dar, which was released by JeM soon after the attack.”
The non-local militants who stayed there were identified as Muhammad Umar Farooq, a Pakistani terrorist and IED maker, and Kamran, also a Pakistani terrorist. “Both were later killed in encounters with security forces,” said the NIA.
Local JeM militant Sameer Ahmed Dar and another non-local militant, Muhammad Ismail alias Ibrahim alias Adnan, also stayed in the house.
The arrest comes days after the NIA arrested 22-year-old Shakir Bashir Magrey , an alleged JeM operative. He had allegedly tracked the movement of CRPF convoys and helped assemble the bomb used in the attack.