Pulwama attack: NIA to file charge sheet today; name Masood Azhar and Pakistan
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday filed a charge sheet in February 14, 2019 Pulwama terror attack naming Maulana Masood Azhar, his younger brothers - Abdul Rouf Asghar Alvi and Ammar Alvi, his nephew Mohammad Umar Farooq, a highly skilled Afghan trained improvised explosive device (IED) -making expert – and 15 others who carried out the bombing at Pakistan’s behest.
According to the details of 13,500 page charge sheet filed in a Special NIA court in Jammu, Umar Farooq (who was killed in an encounter by security forces on March 29 last year) had prepared two jerry can based IEDs – weighing 160 kg and 40 kg respectively – comprising gelatin sticks, ammonium nitrate, ammonium powder and RDX, and the same were fitted in the Maruti Eeco car by February 6, 2019 morning itself.
As exclusively reported by HT on March 4 this year, the JeM had earlier planned to carry out the attack in first week of February 2019 itself but it had to postpone its plans as the highway was closed due to heavy weather and convoy movements had stopped.
While the RDX was smuggled to India from Pakistan, other explosives were collected by JeM operatives and overground workers from local stone quarries, NIA probe has revealed.
Umar Farooq (24), according to NIA, was the son of Ibrahim Athar, Azhar’s younger brother who along with four others had hijacked the IC-814 Indian Airlines flight in December 1999 after which India had to release the JeM chief.
Farooq was especially sent to India in April 2018 to execute a spectacular attack for which he did extensive planning and made all the arrangements.
In its charge sheet, NIA has included all his chats with his uncles Rouf Asghar and Ammar Alvi, in which they were continuously giving directions before, during and after the attack.
Forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in the attack that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war.
Officials say that the charge sheet has irrefutable evidence - technical, material and circumstantial - on Pakistan’s role in the attack.
It cites the roles of the JeM leadership and the arrested accused in the attack and has details like chats, calls details of terrorists.
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