New Delhi: Nearly a month after Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) engineered the dastardly Pulwama attack, claiming lives of 40 CRPF personnel, the security force identified another mastermind.
23-year-old Jaish terrorist Mudasir Ahmed Khan, alias ‘Mohd Bhai’, has been identified as the brains behind the south Kashmir terror attack on February 14, officials told news agency PTI.
With evidence gathered so far, the security forces said that ‘Mohd Bhai’ from Pulwama is an electrician with a graduate degree, and is the one who arranged the vehicle and the explosives used in the terror strike.
According to reports, resident of Mir Mohalla of Tral, Khan joined the Jaish-e-Mohammed sometime in 2017 as an overground worker and was later drawn into the JeM fold by Noor Mohammed Tantrey, alias ‘Noor Trali’, who is believed to have helped in the revival of the terror outfit in Kashmir.
After Tantrey was killed in December 2017, Khan disappeared from his home on January 14, 2018 and has been active since then. Suicide attacker Adil Ahmed Dar, who blew the explosive-laden vehicle next to a bus in a CRPF convoy on February 14, had been in constant contact with Khan, sources reveal.
After completing his graduation, Khan did a one-year diploma course as electrician from an Industrial Training Institute (ITI). The eldest son of a labourer, Khan is also believed to be involved in the terror strike at the army camp in Sunjawan in February 2018, in which six personnel and a civilian were killed.
His role has also come under lens in the Lethpora attack on a CRPF camp in January 2018 that left five CRPF personnel dead. The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the February 14 terror attack, had carried out searches at the residence of Khan on February 27.
A Maruti Eeco minivan was used in the Pulwama terror attack and it was bought by another Jaish-e-Mohammed operative just 10 days before the strike.
The JeM operative, identified as Sajjad Bhat, a resident of Bijbehara in south Kashmir, has since been on the run and is believed to have become an active militant now, they said.
With PTI inputs