Pulwama probe: NIA used DNA, different forensic checks to hint proof that had ‘blown to pieces’

New Delhi, August 25

When the National Investigation Agency (NIA) started its probe into the Pulwama terror assault through which 40 CRPF personnel have been killed final 12 months, it confronted a “blind case” within the absence of any stable proof towards the perpetrators.

The case posed distinctive challenges, comparable to a whole lot of proof having blown to items within the suicide assault and 7 accused being subsequently killed in encounters. However, the central company used forensic checks, together with DNA profiling of the meagre proof, to breach the useless ends.

“It was a blind case for us. There were a lot of murmurs but everything needs to be established beyond doubt in the court of law,” a senior official, who was a part of the probe, stated.

The first problem was to ascertain the possession of the automobile utilized by Adil Ahmad Dar, the suicide bomber, based on the chargesheet within the case filed by the NIA in a particular courtroom in Jammu on Tuesday.

There was nothing out there from the automobile which carried a cocktail of 200 kg of high-grade explosives — RDX, Calcium-Ammonium Nitrate, Gelatin Sticks and Aluminium Powder.

As per the chargesheet, with the assistance of forensic strategies and painstaking investigations the serial variety of the automobile that was blown into items past recognition was extracted and inside no time the possession of the automobile was established—from the primary to the final proprietor.

However, the final proprietor of the automobile, Sajjad Bhat (named within the chargesheet) of Bijbehara in Anantnag district, had disappeared hours earlier than the February 14, 2019 assault and joined Jaish-e-Mohammed. He was subsequently killed in an encounter in June final 12 months.

“While it was clear that the suicide attacker was Adil Ahmed Dar but the same had to be established with evidence. After picking up human remains from various spots, they were sent for DNA profiling,” the official, who requested anonymity, stated.

“The suicide attacker was identified and confirmed by matching the DNA extracted from the meagre car fragments with that of the DNA of his father,” he stated.

Moreover, seven accused wished within the case by the NIA have been killed throughout completely different encounters in 2019.

The chargesheet has named Mohammed Umar Farooq, the nephew of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, as the primary conspirator of the suicide mission. According to officers, Farooq had infiltrated into India in April 2018 and was subsequently killed in one of many encounters in South Kashmir final 12 months. Officials stated the function of conspirators which included Mudasir Ahmed Khan, Qari Mufti Yasser and Mohd Kamran got here to mild however all of them have been killed in several encounters with safety forces.

Khan was killed on March 10, Kamran on March 29, Sajjad Bhat on June 18 of final 12 months whereas Qari Yasser was shot in an encounter on January 25 this 12 months.

A staff led by joint director of the NIA Anil Shukla gathered evidences and statements of terrorists and their sympathisers arrested in several instances with a view to expose the conspiracy hatched for executing the audacious assault on the para-military convoy, officers stated.

After JeM spokesperson Mohd Hassan in a video claimed that his group was accountable for the assault, it was despatched for forensic examination and the Internet Protocol handle was traced to a pc based mostly in Pakistan.

“A lot of digital, forensic, documentary and oral evidence establishing a fool-proof case against the accused for this dastardly and barbaric attack has been collected,” NIA Deputy Inspector General and spokesperson Sonia Narang stated. “The charge-sheet has brought on record the all-out involvement of Pakistan-based entities to carry out terrorist strikes in India and to incite and provoke Kashmiri youth,” she stated.

Culminating its 18-month lengthy probe into the deadly terror assault that left 40 CRPF personnel useless in South Kashmir final 12 months, the NIA on Tuesday filed a chargesheet in a particular courtroom in Jammu towards 19 folks together with Masood Azhar, the chief of banned terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, for planning the suicide operation.

Giving particulars of the 13,500-page chargesheet, Narang stated the chargesheet marks the fruits of a year-and-a-half lengthy “painstaking and meticulous investigation with priceless inputs acquired from different central and state authorities businesses in addition to international law-enforcement businesses. — PTI

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