The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday arrested a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) Over Ground Worker (OGW), allegedly involved in an attack on a CRPF Ground Centre in 2017, in south Kashmir district of Pulwama.
With this, five people have been arrested by the investigation agency in connection with the militant attack, which took place on the intervening night of December 30 and 31, 2017. An NIA official said that the agency arrested Irshad Ahmad Reshi, resident of Ratnipora, Pulwama, in connection with the militant attack on CRPF Group Centre, Lethpora.
'Reshi is the fifth accused to have been arrested in the case during follow-up investigation, upon disclosures of accused Nisar Ahmed Tantray and Syed Hilal Andrabi arrested earlier,' he said. Reshi is an active OGW of proscribed militant outfit JeM, he said, adding 'Reshi was a close associate of slain militant and JeM commander Noor Mohammad Tantray alias Noor Trali.'
He said 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.
'Reshi has been found to be a key conspirator, who provided logistic support in form of sheltering and transport for the militant and conducting reconnaissance of the CRPF Group centre, Lethpora before the attack,' he said.
He said four accused, identified as Fayaz Ahmad Magrey, Manzoor Ahmed Bhat, Nisar Ahmed Tantray and Syed Hilal Andrabi were arrested earlier in the case. 'The militant attack on CRPF Group Centre, Lethpora was carried out in the intervening night of December 30 and 31, 2017 by three militants belonging to JeM,' he said.
'All three militants, identified as Fardeen Ahmad Khandey, Manzoor Baba, and Abdul Shakoor, were killed in the encounter. While Fardeen and Manzoor are locals, Abdul is a resident of Rawalkot area in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK),' he said, adding that five CRPF personnel were martyred and three were grievously injured.