NIA produces charge sheet against 3 Kashmiris in Jammu encounter case

The National Investigation Agency has filed charge sheet against three Kashmiris for their alleged involvement in Jhajjar Kotli, Jammu, encounter in which three militants were killed in September 2018.

Soon after the encounter, NIA had registered a case vide number RC-29&30/2018/NIA/DLI.

Giving details, an NIA spokesman said that on 12 September 2018 early morning while checking of a Kashmir bound truck, the flying squad of Jhajjar Kotli Police Station Jammu was fired upon by three militants of Jaish e Mohammed (JeM) sitting in cargo cabin.

After firing, he said, militants ran towards adjoining forest area injuring one civilian on the way. He said two Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of JeM namely Muhammad Iqbal Rather, resident of Fultipora, District Budgam, and Riyaz Ahmed Nengroo resident of Hajin Bala, District Pulwama, were arrested from the scene of crime.

He said that huge cache of arms ammunitions, explosives and combat equipment were seized from the truck in which the three militants were being ferried by the arrested OGWs. In this connection, he said an FIR No. 89/2018 dated 12.09.2018 u/s 307, 120-B, 121, 122 & 123 Ranbir Penal Code, Sec 7, 25, 26, 27 of Indian Arms Act and Sec 16 & 18 of UA(P) Act was registered at Police Station Jhajjar Kotli, Jammu.

The spokesman said that next day (13 September 2018) while the cordon and search operation by security forces was on, the three militants hiding inside a house in village Dirthi, Police station Katra, Jammu started firing at the security forces personnel. “In the resultant encounter all the three militants were killed. Some security personnel were also injured,” he said, adding that large numbers of arms, ammunitions, explosive articles were recovered from the bodies of the slain militants.

A case FIR No. 191/2018 dated 13.09.2018 u/s 307, 120-B, 121, 122 & 123 RPC, Sec 7, 25, 26 & 27 of Arms Act 1959 and sec 16, 18 & 38 of UA(P) Act 1967 was registered at PS Katra, District Reasi, he said adding that later NIA took up investigation of both the cases as RC-29&30/2018/NIA/DLI.

During investigation, the spokesman said larger conspiracy of proscribed militant organization Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) was unearthed wherein Pakistan based leadership of JeM illegally infiltrated armed and trained militants in India using the services of an organized network of Over Ground Workers.

The spokesman said the charge sheet has been filed against three accused persons – Muhammad Iqbal Rather of Futlipora, District Budgam who was a BSc Nursing student at SKIMS, Ashaq Ahmed Nengroo of Rajpora, District Pulwama who was a trucker by profession and  Riyaz Ahmed Nengroo of Hanjin Bala, District Pulwama who is also a trucker and brother of accused Ashaq Ahmed Nengroo. He said that accused Ashaq Ahmed Nengroo is absconding and a non-bailable warrant is issued against him and efforts on to arrest him.