NIA arrests Pulwama youth at Delhi airport

National Investigating Agency on Saturday said it arrested a Pulwama youth from International Airport at New Delhi for his alleged role in attack on Nagrota Army camp in November 2016 in which seven soldiers were killed and three others injured.
NIA arrests Pulwama youth at Delhi airport
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National Investigating Agency on Saturday said it arrested a Pulwama youth from International Airport at New Delhi for his alleged role in attack on Nagrota Army camp in November 2016 in which seven soldiers were killed and three others injured.

Inspector General of Police NIA Alok Mittal said probe agency arrested Muhammad Ashraf Khandey, a resident of village Achhan in district Pulwama.

"Ashraf, who was absconding in the Nagrota Army Camp attack case, was arrested by NIA team on Saturday from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi while he was trying to flee to Saudi Arabia via Sri Lanka," said IGP.

"Ashraf was a co-conspirator in facilitating, harboring and transporting a group of three heavily armed Pakistani militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad who had infiltrated into India from Kathua-Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir in the intervening night of 27/28th November 2016 and carried out an attack on 166 Medium Regiment Camp, Nagrota, Jammu in the early hours of 29th November 2016. In the retaliatory action by Army, three Pakistani militants were killed."

NIA had registered a case no. RC-16/2016/NIA/DLI and taken up investigation of the case. During investigation, Mittal said a well planned conspiracy was unearthed and a network of Over Ground Workers of Jaish-e-Mohammad was busted which was responsible in facilitating this attack. Three accused Sayeed Munir-ul-Hassan Qadri, Tariq Ahmed Dar and Muhammad Ashiq Baba have already been arrested in the case and at present they are lodged in judicial custody.

He added that investigation of the case is in final stages and a charge-sheet will be filed in the court in the coming days.

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