India arrests key accused attempting to flee via Sri Lanka

India’s National Investigative Agency (NIA) has arrested a key accused absconding in a terror attack case, while he was preparing to flee to Saudi Arabia via Sri Lanka, the Financial Express reported.

Ashraf Khandey, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir’ Pulwama, was arrested from the New Delhi’s IGIA Airport, the NIA said in a press release.

As per the release, Ashraf Khandey was a co-conspirator in facilitating, harboring and transporting a group of three heavily armed Pakistani terrorists belonging to the proscribed terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad.

The three terrorists had infiltrated into India from Kathua-Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir in the intervening night of 27/28th November 2016 and carried out an attack on 166 Medium Regiment Camp, Nagrota, Jammu in the early hours of 29th November 2016. The Army had neutralized three Pakistani terrorists in retaliatory action.

In its investigation, the NIA unearthed a well-planned conspiracy and busted a network of Over Ground Workers of Jaish-e-Mohammad which was responsible in facilitating this attack.

Three accused, namely Sayeed Munir-ul Hassan Qadri, Tariq Ahmed Dar, and Mohd. Ashiq Baba have already been arrested in the case.

The investigation has established the role of all the accused in providing shelter and transportation to the terrorists on the directions of leaders/handlers of Jaish-e-Mohammad based in Pakistan for carrying out the terrorist attack, the NIA said in its release. (Colombo Gazette)

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