NIA Takes Over Nagrota Encounter Case

SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday took over the Ban Toll Plaza encounter case which took place near Nagrota on November 19.

Four heavily armed Jaish-e-Mohammed militants were killed on November 19 in Nagrota encounter. The case was handed over to the NIA following a notification issued by the Central government.

“An FIR has been registered in Jammu Police Station of the NIA on Wednesday,” newspaper Hindustan Times quoted an official as saying.

It may be recalled that an NIA team had visited the site of encounter at Ban Toll Plaza on November 19 itself. The team had recorded statements of the eyewitness and police officers.

The NIA is already probing the encounter in Nagrota which took place on January 31, 2020, in which three militants from Jaish-e-Mohammed were killed at the same toll plaza.

“The Central Government received information regarding registration of FIR No. 0045/2020, registered at PS Nagrota, District Jammu, 307, 120B, 121, 122, 123 of IPC, sections 7, 25, 26 & 27 of Arms Act and sections 16 & of the UA(P) Act, 1967, relating to an encounter between the police party and unknown militants who were travelling in a truck bearing registration No. JK03F-1478 at Ban Toll Plaza in PS Nagrota, District Jammu during which three militants were killed and three of their accomplices including the driver of the Truck were arrested,” NIA case details read.

The encounter between militants and counter insurgent forces started around 4.50 am at Ban Toll Plaza on Jammu-Srinagar national highway. Within three hours, the four Jaish militants were killed inside the truck that was ferrying them to Kashmir.

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