Maruti Eeco used in Pulwama terror attack, NIA identifies owner
The vehicle was purchased on February 4, a spokesman said, adding Sajjad was a student of Siraj-ul-Uloom, Shopian.
The NIA investigators, with the support of forensic and automobile experts, have been able to identify the vehicle used in the blast as a Maruti Eeco having chassis number MA3ERLF1SOO183735 and engine number G12BN164140.
The vehicle was sold to Mohammed Jaleel Ahmed Haqani, a resident of Heaven Colony in Anantnag in 2011, and subsequently it changed hands seven times and finally reached Sajjad Bhat, a resident of Bijbehara in south Kashmir.
The vehicle was purchased on February 4, the spokesman said, adding Sajjad was a student of Siraj-ul-Uloom, Shopian.
Raids were conducted by a team of NIA and police at Sajjad's house on Saturday but he was not present.
He has reportedly joined Jaish-e-Mohammed and his photograph also appeared on social media where he is seen holding weapons.
Forty CRPF personnel were killed when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a bus carrying jawans in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14.