NIA arrests one more youth in 2019 Pulwama attack case

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SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday has arrested the seventh person in 2019 Pulwama bombing case that had left 40 CRPF personnel dead in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

An NIA spokesperson said that one more accused namely Bilal Ahmed Kuchey son of Ghulam Nabi Kuchey a resident of  Hajibal, Kakapora, Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir was arrested on July 5, 2020.

“Bilal Ahmed Kuchey who is running a sawmill at his place, is a militant associate who harboured and extended logistic support to the JeM militants involved in the Pulwama attack,” said the spokesman.

“The main perpetrators in the case stayed in his house and he further introduced them to other OGWs who provided safe houses during their stay and planning of the attack,” he said.

“He provided the JeM militants with high-end mobile phones which were used by them to communicate with the Pakistan-based JeM leadership as well as among themselves for giving final touches to their planning and for the execution of the attack,” he added.

“Further, mobile phone provided by him was also used for recording the video clip of Fidayeen Adil Ahmed Dar, which became viral after the attack,” said the spokesman.

The spokesman said that Bilal Ahmed Kuchey was produced before NIA Special Court, Jammu on 06.07.2020 and ten (10) day’s NIA remand was taken for his custodial interrogation.

“This is the seventh arrest made by NIA in this case so far and investigation, in this case, is in progress,” said NIA spokesman in a statement.

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