NIA arrests father-daughter duo: ‘House was used to plan attack, film bomber’s video’
Secirity personnal near awantipora blast site. Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi 14/02/2019
Srinagar, Mar 3:
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Tuesday arrested a father-daughter duo
accused of sheltering and aiding the Pulwama suicide bomber who blew himself up
killing at least 40 CRPF troopers on the highway near Lethpora in one of the
deadliest attacks on security forces in Kashmir.
A spokesperson of
the agency said it had arrested Tariq Ahmed Shah, 50, a resident of Hakripora
village and his daughter Insha Jan, 23.
Tariq’s house, as
per the spokesperson was used to plan the attack as well as record the final
video of the bomber which had gone viral right after the attack.
Tariq, as per
NIA, works as a tipper driver in south Kashmir.
interrogation, accused Tariq Ahmed Shah has disclosed that his house at
Hakripora, Pulwama was used by Adil Ahmed Dar (Fidayeen), Mohammad Umar Farooq,
a Pakistani militant and IED maker, Kamran another Pakistani militant (both
were later killed in encounters with security forces), Sameer Ahmed Dar, a JeM
militant from Pulwama and Mohammad Ismail aka Ibrahim aka Adnan, a Pakistani
militant,” the NIA spokesperson said.
Tariq, the NIA
said, facilitated all the militants at his house for sheltering and for
planning the attack on the CRPF convoy.
“His house also
used for preparing and recording of video of Fidayeen Adil Ahmed Dar, which was
released by Jaish-e-Mohammad soon after the Pulwama attack,” the spokesperson
In a 10-minute
video released by Jaish soon after the attack, Adil spoke about his death
hinting some suicide mission was in the offing.
receive this video I would be enjoying the paradise of the Almighty Allah in
the hereafter. Oh, Kashmiri people, salute to you that despite seeing lakhs of
dead bodies, you did not lose heart,” Adil was seen saying in the video.
Insha, the NIA alleged, also facilitated the militants at their home and
provided food and other logistics during their stay on more than 15 occasions
for 2-4 days each time, in their house during 2018-2019.
interrogation has revealed that Insha was in constant touch with Umar Farooq
Pakistani IED maker and was in communication with him over telephone and other
social media applications,” the spokesperson said.
The two arrests
comes days after NIA arrested 22-year-old Shakir Bashir Magrey, a JeM
operative, who allegedly tracked the movement of security convoys and helped
assemble the bomb used in the attack.
produced before the NIA Special Court in Jammu last Friday and remanded in the
agency’s custody for 15 days. NIA sources said Magrey allegedly drove the
bomb-laden car till 500 m from the attack site before handing it over to Adil
Ahmed Dar, who was identified by the agency as the suicide bomber.
family of Magrey has claimed that he had been in police custody since December
7 last year. Shakir’s mother Jameela said in the over two months he had been in
custody, Shakir had come home for just an hour, on February 17, before
re-arrest, The Indian Express quoted her saying.