Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) Over Ground Worker (OGW) in connect with an attack on a CRPF camp that left five jawans dead in south Kashmir district of Pulwama.
“NIA on Monday arrested an accused Faraz Ahmad Magray, a resident of village Lethpora in Pulwama in connect with a militant attack on CRPF Ground Centre Lethpora on the intervening night of December 30 and December 31, 2017,” an official statement issued by the investigation agency said.
The statement said that Magray is an active OGW of militant outfit JeM. “Magray is a key conspirator who provided logistical support such as providing shelter to the militants and conducting reconnaissance of the CRPF group centre in Lethpora before the attack,” it said.
“In 2001, he was detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) by Jammu and Kashmir Police and he remained under detention for 16 months,” it said.
Giving details of the attack, the statement said that the attack on CRPF Ground Centre, Lethpora was carried out by three militants, identified as Fardeen Ahmad Khandey and Manzoor Baba, both residents of district Pulwama, and Abdul Shakoor, a resident of Rawalakot area of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). “Five CRPF jawans were killed while three others were injured in the attack,” they said, adding all the three militants were killed in the encounter.
The accused will be produced in the Special NIA court in Jammu for seeking police custody for further investigation and unearthing of larger conspiracy, it added.