New Delhi: The NIA on Tuesday filed a chargesheet against Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar’s brother Maulana Abdul Rouf Asgar and 13 others in connection with a case pertaining to the attack on an Army camp in Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir on November 29, 2016. Also Read - 2019 Pulwama Attack: NIA Arrests Father-Daughter Duo From Lethpora in Jammu And Kashmir
The charge sheet was filed under various sections of Ranbir Penal Code (substitute of IPC in Jammu and Kashmir), Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Foreigners Act against the accused, spokesperson of the investigative agency said in a statement. Also Read - 2019 Pulwama Suicide Attack: NIA Arrests Jaish Man Who Sheltered Bomber Adil Ahmed Dar
Furthermore he said,”Investigation conducted by the NIA revealed that four local Kashmiri JeM members, namely Mohd. Ashiq Baba alias Mohd. Ashaq, Syed Munir-Ul-Hassan Qadri, Tariq Ahmad Dar and Ashraf Hamid Khandey (all arrested by NIA) had facilitated a group of three heavily armed Pakistani terrorists and transported them from International Border in Samba-Kathua sector to Hotel Jagdamba in Jammu and subsequently to Nagrota in their vehicles for the attack on the November 28, 2016 on Officers’ Mess Complex, 166 Medium Regiment of Indian Army in Nagrota Cantonment (near Jammu).” Also Read - 'NIA Given Only Elgar Parishad Probe, Not Bhima Koregaon,' Says Maharashtra CM Amid Rift With NCP
The NIA said the probe showed that Maulana Abdul Rouf Asgar, Deputy Chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad and brother of Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar, was the mastermind of the Nagrota attack.
In the latest edition of his terror group’s weekly publication, the JeM chief owned up responsibility for Nagrota attack. “This week’s publication was delayed as the attack in Nagrota was still in action at the time of writing and communication failure (on details of the attack) from Kashmir,” Azhar reportedly wrote.
About 2016 Nagrota Army Camp Attack Case:
The three Pakistani JeM terrorists — Khalid alias Abu Hissam, Numan and Aadil, who were highly trained and equipped with AK-47 rifles and explosives carried out the attack in which seven Army personnel were killed and three were injured. All the three terrorists were also gunned down. They left behind a Urdu note which read that the attack was a revenge for the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru.
(With inputs from agencies)