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NIA arrests fifth accused in Lethpora group attack case, Aga Hassan detained at Sgr airport along with cash
4/14/2019 11:00:54 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Apr 14: National Investigation Agency (NIA) today claimed to have arrested the fifth accused in connection with a militant attack on CRPF camp at Lethpora in 2017.
The NIA spokesman in a statement said that on April 14 it arrested Irshad Ahmad Reshi S/o Nazir Ahmad Reshi a resident of Ratnipora, Pulwama in Case RC No. 10/2018/NIA/DLI (Attack on CRPF Group Centre, Lethpora).
"He is 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," said NIA spokesman in a statement. "Arrested accused Irshad is an active OGW (Over Ground Worker) of proscribed militant organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). 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 Dec 2017," he said.
"Irshad has been found to be a key conspirator who provided logistic support in form of sheltering and transport for the militants and conducting reconnaissance of the CRPF Group centre, Lethpora before the attack," he added.
The NIA spokesman said that four accused namely Fayaz Ahmad Magrey a resident of Lethpora- Awantipora, Manzoor Ahmed Bhat of Pampore-Awantipora, Nisar Ahmed Tantray resident of Dar Ganai Gund-Tral, and Syed Hilal Andrabi a resident of Ratnipora-Pulwama have been arrested earlier in the case.
"The militant attack on CRPF Group Centre, Lethpora was carried out during the intervening night of December 30 and 31, 2017 by three militants belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM)," he said.
"During the investigation by NIA the militants were identified as 1.) Fardeen Ahmad Khandey son of Ghulam Mohideen Khandey a resident of Nazninpora, Tral, Distt Pulwama, 2.) Manzoor Baba son of Ali Mohd. Baba r/o Drubgam, Distt Pulwama, and 3.) A Pakistani militant namely Abdul Shakoor resident of Rawalakot area. All the three militants were killed in the encounter. In this attack, 5 CRPF personnel were killed and 3 were grievously injured," said the spokesman.
"Irshad will be produced before the Special NIA court, Jammu on 15-4-2019 with a request for grant of police custody for further investigation," said NIA spokesman in a statement.
In the meantime, senior Hurriyat Conference (G) leader and President Anjuman-e-Sharie- Shian Aga Syed Hassan Almosvi Alsafvi was detained today by the income tax department at Srinagar airport along with Rs 14.5 lakh rupees.
A police official said that Aga Hassan a resident of Budgam was detained by Income Tax department sleuths along with cash Rs14.5 Lakh at Srinagar Airport. They said that he was on his coming from Delhi to Srinagar. Sources said that he has been asked to justify where from the amount came.
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