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NIA identifies owner of car used in Pulwama attack

Srinagar, Feb 25: The National Investigative Agency (NIA) has claimed identifying the owner of the vehicle used in the Pulwama bombing on February 14 in which 49 paramilitary personnel were killed.

As per NIA, the owner of the vehicle is one Sajjad Bhat from Anantnag district, who has joined Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group and his pictures carrying weapons have gone viral on social media since Monday morning.


He has also been evading arrest, according to officials.

An NIA spokesman said that the investigators, with the support of forensic and automobile experts have been able to identify the vehicle used for the blast after piecing together remnants of the vehicle from the scene of incident.

“A Maruti Eeco vehicle having Chassis number MA3ERLF1SOO183735 Engine G12BN164140 was sold to Mohammad Jaleel Ahmed Haqani, a resident of Heaven colony, Anantnag in the year 2011. It subsequently exchanged hands seven times and finally reached Sajjad Bhat, son of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, resident of Bijbehara, district Anantnag, who had acquired the vehicle on February 4. Sajjad was a student of Siraj-ul-Uloom, Shopain,” the spokesman said.

He said after getting details, a raid was conducted by NIA team at his house with the help of J&K Police on Saturday.
“Sajjad was found not present in his house and thereafter has been evading arrest since then. He has reportedly now joined Jaish-e-Mohammad. A photograph to this effect has also appeared in social media where Sajjad is seen holding weapons,’ the spokesman said.

On Monday morning, the picture of Sajjad alias Afzal Guru who according to the picture was part of fidayeen squad went viral on the social media. In the picture he was carrying Ak 47 rifles, grenades and pistols.