Two Kashmiri youth detained at Kot Balwal taken into custody by NIA in Pulwama bombing case

Srinagar:The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested two Kashmiri youths on suspicion of their involvement with a suspect being probed for his alleged connections with the attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14.

The agency took into custody Tanveer alias Tanveer Ahmad Ganie, 29, and Bilal Mir alias Bilal Ahmad Mir, 23, for allegedly being in touch with arrested accused Sajjad Ahmed Khan, who is suspected to have had knowledge of the Pulwama attack, The Indian Express reported. According to NIA, both are members of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

“Investigation has disclosed that earlier arrested accused Sajjad Ahmad was in regular contact with these accused over WhatsApp during the relevant period. Tanveer and Bilal were brought from Kot Bhalwal Jail, Jammu, where they have been detained under Public Safety Act, and produced before the NIA Special Court today against a production warrant. The NIA court has granted seven days of NIA custody of the two accused persons,” a statement by the agency said.

Khan, along with Tanveer and Bilal, have been arraigned as accused in a separate FIR. “This case pertains to a criminal conspiracy by top leadership of JeM based in Pakistan to strengthen bases of JeM in India, by recruiting persons for carrying out terrorist acts in India,” the NIA said.

NIA investigations, the report said, have revealed that Khan may have some involvement in the Pulwama attack. An analysis of his call data records and social media exchanges has shown that he had conversation with slain JeM militant Mudassir Ahmed Khan just before and after the Pulwama attack, according to the probe. Mudassir, killed in an encounter on March 12, is being touted as among the key planners of the Pulwama attack.

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