New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday re-registered the case related to Pulwama terrorist attack, said news agency ANI. The Home Ministry order in this regard had reached the NIA headquarters on Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile, a team comprising 12 NIA members have been deployed in Jammu and Kashmir since February 15 to help the state police conduct investigations in the case. As per reports, the NIA team were questioning suspects from Pulwama and Awantipora for their alleged role in lending logistical support to Adil Ahmed Dar, the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) attacker.
“These are the two areas in which JeM has had maximum activity in the past few years. It is suspected that the car used for the attack was packed with explosives not far from the attack site. And it could not have happened without local help,” a leading daily quoted an officer as saying. A huge amount of RDX explosive was used to carry out an attack. The explosive was last used by the terrorists in 2008 Assam terror attacks. As per media reports, the Pulwama terror attack had been planned long back and the RDX explosive was brought from across the border for the same in small quantities.
A day after the Pulwama attack, the NIA had sent a forensic team to collect samples at the site as forensic evidence. Explosive specialists of the Black Cat commando force NSG also joined in the investigation into the attack. The National Security Guard forensic team later submitted the report of its findings to the Home Ministry.
The deadly attack which occurred on February 14 claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel and injured some when a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus.
(With Agency inputs)