The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is close to cracking the Pulwama terror attack case. As per reports, the agency has found a clear link of Jaish‑e‑Mohammed (JeM) terrorists with the attack. The terror attack was the result of an elaborate operation by four or five JeM terrorists, including the suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar.
The sources from the police has informed that a Maruti Eeco vehicle was used in the horrific terror attack on a bus in a CRPF convoy on 14th February, and the owner of the vehicle has been identified from its records. The car was registered in Kashmir eight years ago, and the owner knew that it was being used by the JeM operatives. The owner of the vehicle has gone missing after the attacks, sources added.
An NIA officer said that they have the full detail of the vehicle, and it was seen with the same group of people several times before the attack.
The NIA investigators have said that there is clear evidence of the involvement of Pakistan in the attack. The agency believes that the 25 kg of RDX used in the attack came from Pakistan, although they are still probing how the terrorists procured the explosives.
According to NIA, the suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar, who had shot a video talking about the attack before blowing himself in the attack, was actively involved with JeM since he went missing in March last year. The other members of the group involved in the attack were from Pakistan, investigators have found.
It is believed that Dar was radicalised after his house was allegedly ransacked by CRPF in May 2018, and he particularly hated the force for this reason. The JeM in a statement issued after a grenade attack in Srinagar in June had said that “government forces made a vain and shameful attempt of setting ablaze the house of one of our colleagues Adil Ahmad Dar alias Waqas of Kakapora Gundibagh, Pulwama, during the dead of night”. The JeM had warned that every army camp in the state was a target, and would be burned.
One NIA official said that they have full information about how someone RDX was brought from across the border, another person made the device, the car was repainted, and someone did the job of reconnaissance of the spot and selection of the target. They are now in the process of joining the dots to unravel the entire conspiracy, and full detail of the case should be known in next two weeks.