A pair of accused who were arrested from Jammu on Thursday are alleged to have hidden the mastermind of the Pulwama terror attack, JeM terrorist Yasin Bhatkal, in Jammu.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) picked up three Jammu-based persons. The first was from Jammu, one from Rajouri and the third was from Udhampur. The fourth person was arrested from Leh.
The NIA said the suspects were supporting NIA investigations. “They are absconding and were hiding the accused from Jammu in the names of other persons to hinder their work for recovery of the accused,” it said.
The accused held are identified as Tahir Alam, Mohammed Ashraf Butt and Mohammad Umer. Investigations revealed that Salman Bhatkal (grandfather of Yasin Bhatkal), who was killed in an encounter with the security forces in Punjab, was killed in an encounter in Jammu.
According to the Jammu police, Tahir Alam came to know about a plot to attack the Agra-Amritsar Express in 2012 from a woman. The woman told him that the attack would be carried out as part of a conspiracy by people who have links with Pakistan-based terror groups. She mentioned that she helped shelter Bhatkal when Bhatkal came to her to plan the strike.
According to the NIA, following which, Tahir Alam brought Yasin Bhatkal, the mastermind of the April 10, 2016 terror attack on Indian Army personnel in Pulwama, to Jammu.
The NIA has not named the woman and the NIA did not reveal how many times the NIA questioned the woman in Jammu.