NIA arrests 5th accused in CRPF Group Centre attack case

The National Investigation Agency on Sunday arrested a man from Pulwama it claimed is the fifth accused in the Lethpura attack on CRPF Group Centre that left five paramilitary personnel and three militants dead in December 2014.

Irshad Ahmad Reshi son of Nazir Ahmad, a resident of Ratnipora area in Pulwama district was arrested by sleuths of NIA from somewhere in Kashmir.

“A case RC No. 10/2018/NIA/DLI (Attack on CRPF Group Centre, Lethpora) has been framed against accused Irshad upon disclosures by the two accused Nisar Ahmed Tantray and Syed HilalAndrabi,” NIA spokesman said in a statement.

The spokesman said that the accused was an active Over Ground Worker (OGW) of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant group.

“He was a close associate of slain militant and JeM Commander Noor Mohammad Tantray @ Noor Trali. The attack on CRPF Group Centre, Lethpora was executed under a conspiracy to avenge the death of Noor Trali, who was killed in an encounter with security forces in December 2017,” the NIA spokesman said.

According to the NIA statement, Irshad Ahmad Reshi has been found to be a key conspirator who provided logistic support like shelter and transport to the militants and conducting reconnaissance of the CRPF Group Centre before the attack.

The accused will be produced before the special NIA court in Jammu on Monday with a request for grant of police custody for his questioning.

The militant attack on CRPF Group Centre was carried out during the night of 30 December 2017 by three JeM militants.

Four accused, Fayaz Ahmad Magrey of Lethpora, Awantipora, Manzoor Ahmed Bhat of Pampore, Awantipora, Nisar Ahmed Tantray of Dar GanaiGund, Tral, Awantipora and Syed HilalAndrabi of Ratnipora, Pulwama were arrested earlier in connection with the case.