NIA attaches property 'used for militant activities'

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The National Investigation Agency on Saturday attached property of one Nazir Ahmad Reshi, father of Irshad Ahmad Reshi who was arrested by the probe agency for his alleged involvement in the December 2018 attack on CRPF Group Centre Lethpora.

An NIA spokesman told Greater Kashmir that a house along with 17 marla land situated in Ratnipora village of Kakapora area in Pulwama district was attached as the said property represents “proceeds of militancy and has been used for furtherance of activities of Jaish-e-Muhammad militant organisation”.

The property has been attached in exercise of the powers under Section 25 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. 1967, the spokesman said.

Accused Irshad Ahmad Reshi, the spokesman claimed, was an active overground worker (OGW) of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant group. “He was a close associate of slain militant and JeM Commander Noor Mohammad Tantray alias 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 spokesman said, adding that Irshad was arrested by the NIA in April 2019.

“Irshad was a key conspirator who provided logistic support like shelter and transport to the militants and conducted reconnaissance of the CRPF Group Centre before the attack,” the spokesperson said.

Pertinently in the attack on the CRPF camp at Lethpora in South Kashmir on December 30 night in 2017, five personnel were killed. Three Jaish-e-Muhammad militants were also killed during the 36-hour-long gunfight.