Srinagar/Jammu: In the continuing investigation of the Pulwama attack case in which 40 CRPF personnel were martyred in an IED blast on 14 February 2019, NIA has arrested one more accused – Mohd. Iqbal Rather, 25, son of Abdul Khaliq Rather and resident of Futlipura, Charar-e-Shareef, Budgam, Jammu & Kashmir.
Mohd. Iqbal Rather had facilitated the movement of Muhammad Umar Farooq, the JeM terrorist and a key conspirator in this case, after he infiltrated into the Indian territory in Jammu region in April, 2018, from the National Highway near International border to South Kashmir.
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Mohd. Umar Farooq, along with others, had assembled the IED used in the attack.
Mohd. Iqbal Rather had been undergoing judicial custody since September, 2018 in another Jaishe-Mohammed related case investigated by NIA.
He was produced by the Jail authorities before the NIA Special Court, Jammu on Thursday 2 July 2020 and was taken into seven day’s NIA custody for interrogation.
Initial examination has revealed that Mohd. Iqbal Rather was in constant touch with Pakistan-based leadership of Jaish-e-Mohammed and was in communication with them over secure messaging applications. He was part of the ‘transportation module’ of Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist organisation.
With this arrest, NIA has so far arrested 06 accused persons in this case.