Lethpora suicide attack: NIA arrests Pulwama father-daughter duo

Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency on Tuesday arrested a man and his daughter in Pulwama in 2019 Lethpora suicide attack.
The February 14 attack was carried out by a Pulwama youth Adil Dar of Jaish-e-Mohammad and resulted in killing of 40 CRPF soldiers.
A year after the attack, the NIA which probes the case arrested Tariq Ahmed Shah and his daughter Insha Jan after investigation led to their house at Hakripora in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. The video released after the attack is believed to have been shot in their house.
A truck driver by profession, Shah disclosed that his house was used by Dar, Mohammad Umar Farooq, a Pakistani militant and IED-maker, Kamran, another Pakistani militant (both were later killed in encounters with security forces), Sameer Ahmed Dar, a Jaish militant from Pulwama, and Ismail, alias Ibrahim, alias Adnan, also a Pakistani militant.
Shah facilitated the militants by sheltering them at his house, where they planned the attack on the CRPF convoy and also recorded a video of Adil Dar which was released by the Jaish-e-Mohammad soon after the Pulwama attack, an NIA spokesman said.
Insha Jan (23) also facilitated the militants, provided them food and other logistics during their stay at the house on more than 15 occasions, for two-four days each time, during 2018-2019, he said.
“Initial interrogation has revealed that Insha Jan was in constant touch with Mohd Umar Farooq, a Pakistani IED maker, and was in communication with him over telephone and other social media applications (till he was alive),” the spokesman said.
The arrest has brought new life into the case which had virtually reached a dead end, with five people, who were either conspirators or executers of the attack, being killed by the security forces in encounters.

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