New Delhi: The NIA on Saturday arrested Syed Hilal Andrabi, 35, a resident of Pulwama district, on charges of being an operative of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed who was involved in the 2017 militant attack on a CRPF camp in south Kashmir’s Lethpora.
Earlier last month, the NIA arrested Fayaz Ahmed Magray from Pulwama for allegedly being the “key conspirator” of the 2017 Lethpora attack.
Officials told news agency PTI that Hilal was produced before a Delhi court on Saturday which sent him to five days’ police custody.
The officials said that Hilal was arrested from Jammu by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the attack on the CRPF camp at Lethpora on the night of December 30, 2017. Five CRPF personnel and three Jaish-e-Mohammed militants were killed during a 36-hour gunfight in that attack.
The UN-proscribed JeM outfit had sent two suicide attackers to the camp, including the 16-year-old son of a policeman who had joined JeM a few months before.
The NIA said Hilal was an active over ground worker (OGW) of the JeM and a key conspirator who provided logistic support in the form of sheltering the attackers and conducting reconnaissance of the CRPF group centre before the attack.
With his arrest, the total number of accused arrested in the case has risen to four, NIA said.
Hilal’s arrest comes days after Nisar Ahmed Tantray, whose brother Noor Trali is believed to have helped revive the JeM in Jammu and Kashmir, was arrested by the NIA after being deported from the UAE in the same case.
The JeM also claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack this year on a CRPF convoy in Lethpora area that killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.