NIA arrests 5th accused in 2017 Lethpora attack

TNN Bureau. Updated: 4/15/2019 11:36:07 AM Front Page

JAMMU: Making quick strides in the December 2017 terror attack on the CRPF group centre at Lethpora in Pulwama, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday arrested the fifth accused in the deadly attack which killed five personnel.

An NIA spokesman said Irshad Ahmad Reshi son of Nazir Ahmad Reshi, a resident of Ratnipora was picked up from Pulwama in south Kashmir in Case RC No. 10/2018/NIA/DLI after the interrogation of Nisar Ahmed Tantray and Syed Hilal Andrabi, nabbed earlier by the probe agency.

He alleged that Reshi was an over ground worker of the proscribed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group and a close associate of slain terrorist Noor Mohammad Tantray alias Noor Trali, a little over four-feet tall.

Trali, who was instrumental in reviving the outfit in the Valley, was killed in an encounter with security forces in December 2017.

The spokesman said the attack on CRPF Group Centre at Lethpora was executed under a conspiracy to avenge the death of Trali.

He alleged that Reshi has been found to be a key conspirator who provided logistic support in the form of sheltering and transport for the terrorists and conducted reconnaissance of the CRPF group centre before the terror attack.

The attack on the CRPF centre was carried out in the intervening night of December 30 and 31 in 2017 by three terrorists belonging to the JeM.

The terrorists were identified as Fardeen Ahmad Khandey, Manzoor Baba and a Pakistani, Abdul Shakoor, a resident of the Rawalakot area of Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

Five CRPF personnel were killed in the attack. The three terrorists were also eliminated.

Besides Tantray and Andrabi, the other accused arrested in the case are Fayaz Ahmad Magrey and Manzoor Ahmed Bhat.

Reshi will be produced before the Special NIA court in Jammu on Monday with a request for grant of police custody for further investigation, the spokesman said.


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