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NIA arrests father-daughter duo in connection with Pulwama attack: Officials

​​The duo, identified as Peer Tariq and his daughter Insha, were flown to Jammu to seek their custody, officials said. NIA has taken over the case to probe the conspiracy behind the February 14, 2019 incident, in which Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Adil Ahmed Dar rammed his car into a CRPF convoy, killing 40 personnel.

Last Updated: Mar 04, 2020, 10.16 AM IST
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40 CRPF personnel were killed in the Pulwama terror attack in February last year.
PULWAMA | NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday arrested a fatherdaughter duo for their alleged role in providing logistical support to the Pulwama attack which killed 40 CRPF personnel last February.

The NIA sleuths along with army and police personnel raided the residence of Tariq Ahmad Shah, 50, in Hakripora village of Pulwama in southern Kashmir, at around 7.15 am. They took away Shah and his daughter, Insha Jan, 23, along with them.

The family members claimed that this was the third raid of NIA officials on their residence since February 29. “They (NIA and army officials) came on Saturday at around 8.30 pm and left at around 2 am.

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They took away some curtains, flooring sheets and pheran of Insha and a mobile phone. They again came on Sunday and made my husband sign some documents,” Shah’s wife Naseema told ET. According to her, NIA officials had called them on Monday evening and asked them to report at the Pulwama police station on Tuesday morning. Shah and his son earn daily wages as truck drivers.

“We were preparing to go there around 8am but they came with 20 vehicles and the army at 7.15 am and took them away,” said Naseema. In their separate statements to NIA officials on Saturday, the family confessed that militants used to visit their residence over a year ago. “How can we say no to gun-wielding people (militants) when they barge into our house?” asked Naseema.

Meanwhile, the NIA has accused them of providing food, shelter and other logistics to militants during their stay on more than 15 occasions-—for two to four days each time-—during 2018-2019.

The NIA in a statement said Adil Ahmed Dar, a Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) Fidayeen, who rammed an explosive-laden car into a CRPF convoy on February 14 last year on a highway at Lethpora, also stayed at Shah’s residence.

“Shah sheltered all terrorists who planned the attack. Umar Farooq, a Pakistani terrorist and IED maker, Kamran another Pakistani terrorist (both were later killed in encounters), Sameer Ahmed Dar, a Jaish terrorist from Pulwama and Ismail, a Pakistani terrorist stayed in this house,” read the NIA official handout.

The agency also claimed that Shah’s house was used for preparing and recording of Dar’s video, which was released by JeM soon after the Pulwama attack. The NIA officials stated that interrogation of Jan revealed that she was in constant touch with Umar Farooq over telephone and through social media.

Jan also facilitated the terrorists, provided them food and other logistics during their stay at the house,an NIA spokesman said. This is the third arrest inthe Pulwama conspiracy case.
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