The National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing the Pulwama terror attack, arrested Shakir Bashir Magrey, one of the accused in the case, on Friday. Magrey is an over-ground worker of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
The NIA says it was Shakir who had sheltered suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar and provided the necessary help for the attack.
The NIA reported that Magrey had confessed during the interrogation that he hosted Dar and Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Umar Farooq in his house from the end of 2018 to February 2019. Further, Magrey had helped both these terrorists to collect the improvised explosive device (IED).
Magrey has been sent to a 15-day NIA custody for further interrogation.
The plotting of the conspiracy to kill 40 CRPF personnel and its execution in Pulwama will be revealed soon. The NIA has claimed to have found significant evidence in connection with this case.
The examination of new evidence has helped identify many suspects in the conspiracy of the attack. The NIA is interrogating those arrested.
Five suspects have been killed. That included the attacker who triggered the IED. The arrest of Magrey as a living witness has brought a new twist in the investigation of the case.
On 14 February 2019 last year, 40 CRPF personnel were killed in an ambush on their convoy in Pulwama. The attacker Adil Ahmed Dar died on the spot in the explosion.
Mudassir Ahmad Khan, who played the lead role in the plot of the attack, was killed in an encounter on 10 March last year, 25 days later. Twelve days later, in the night of 26 February, the IAF retaliated by destroying the militant bases in Balakot, Pakistan.
Besides, after the Pulwama attack, India made efforts to isolate Pakistan and was largely successful in the attempt. Further, the Union Home Ministry approved all the paramilitary forces to travel by air in the routes Delhi-Srinagar, Srinagar-Delhi, Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Jammu.