The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today arrested two persons from Jammu. The duo were arrested in connection with their involvement in providing material and logistic support to an arrested Lashkar-e-Toiba militant.
According to the NIA statement, “Zahoor Ahmed Peer and Nazir Ahmed Peer, both residents of Wahama, Kupwara, were arrested from Jammu today for their involvement in NIA case related to the LeT militant Bahadur Ali.
Pertinently, a Pakistani national Bahadur Ali also known as Saifullah was arrested by NIA and a large quantity of incriminating material, including arms and ammunition were recovered from him.
“As per the investigation, the accused persons, Zahoor Ahmed Peer and Nazir Ahmed Peer provided material and logistic support to Bahadur Ali soon after his infiltration into Indian territory,” the NIA statement said.
The NIA said that during the investigation into Bahadur Ali case, ‘the role of Zahoor Ahmed Peer and Nazir Ahmed Peer surfaced following which they have been arrested’.
Bahadur Ali was arrested on 25th July, 2016, by the Jammu and Kashmir police in Yahama village of district Kupwara. A wireless set, a GPS device, matrix sheet of codes, a compass, Unicode sheets, maps and Indian currency along with AK-47 rifle, 5 magazines, grenades were recovered from his possession.
The NIA said that on interrogation, Bahadur Ali revealed to the NIA that a group of LeT militants were planning to attack the army installation in Monibal village.
“He stated that a group of four terrorists are also moving in the area to execute an attack in village Monibal. Based on this input, security forces were deployed to prevent the attack. On the 26th July, at Monibal, four heavily armed terrorists were spotted and on being challenged, they started firing with AK-47 rifles. In the retaliatory firing, all the four terrorists were killed and 6 wireless (RT) sets, 4 AK-47 rifles, 4 compass, maps, matrix sheets, grenades and other military equipment were recovered from the terrorists,” the NIA statement added.
“In this connection, two cases were registered by J and K police which were taken over by NIA,” it added.
Meanwhile, the NIA said that “agency will be seeking the transit remand of these accused persons and will bring them to Delhi for further questioning”.