New Delhi: The Pulwama terror attack case has been handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). (Also read: Trump Calls Pulwama ‘Horrible Situation’, Asks India, Pakistan to ‘Get Along’)
The Home Ministry order in this regard reached the NIA headquarters on Tuesday evening. Now the agency will be filing an FIR, most probably on Wednesday.
A team of 12 NIA has been in Jammu-Kashmir since Friday, helping the state police which was probing the case.
The NIA team has been questioning suspects from Pulwama and Awantipora. Reports say they are questioning people from the two areas they suspect of having given 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.
Dar had reportedly driven a Maruti Eeco car alongside the CRPF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Lethpora and detonated it near the fifth bus in the convoy, killing 40 personnel.
Earlier reports had also said that the investigators had picked up broken pieces from a can which was reportedly packed with about 30 kg RDX.
A car bumper has also been found but it hasn’t lead to much yet, sources said.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has again reviewed the security situation, especially in J-K. During the meeting, the Minister was briefed about the prevailing security situation in the state, including along the Indo-Pak border, an MHA official said.
Others present in the meeting included National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, and Director of Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain.