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Among those nominated were Masood Azhar’s brother and cousin. According to the charge sheet, all the accused are in Pakistan but Masood Azhar’s former bodyguard is suspected to be in India.
India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a case in the Pulwama attack, naming its top leadership, including Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar.
Nominees include Maulana Masood Azhar’s brother and deputy Abdul Rauf Asghar and cousin Ammar Alvi. According to the indictment, all the accused are in Pakistan while Masood Azhar’s former bodyguard Muhammad Ismail is suspected to be in India. The indictment also includes the names of six Kashmiris accused of providing logistical support to the attackers.
According to Indian media, a 13,000-page charge sheet has been filed against a total of 19 accused, according to which one of the 19 accused has been killed in addition to the suicide bomber, while six have been arrested and six are absconding. Among those killed were Maulana Masood Azhar and Abdul Rauf’s nephew Muhammad Omar Farooq.
According to an NIA official, Maulana Masood Azhar allegedly gave Umar Farooq a direct responsibility in 2018 to oversee the implementation of a “conspiracy hatched in Pakistan” by entering Indian-administered Kashmir.
The accused are 22-year-old Insha Jan from Kakapura area of Pulwama district and her father Tariq Ahmad Shah. The father and daughter were arrested in March this year. The video released by Adil Ahmed Dar by Jaish-e-Muhammad was allegedly made in his house.
The indictment also details the planning and execution of the attack. According to the NIA, it has undeniable evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in the attack, including call recording, WhatsApp chatting and evidence from the mobile phone of Jaish-e-Muhammad’s “Pakistani commander” Omar Farooq.
The accused have been charged under the provisions of Ranbir Penal Code, Arms Act, Explosives Act, Foreigners Act and Jammu and Kashmir Public Property Act.
After the Pulwama attack, two days were set aside for the convoy of security forces on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. Kashmiris living in other states of the country have been cordoned off, including students. As a result, many students had to drop out of school.After the attack, the Indian Home Ministry closed the Ori and Poonch crossing points. These points are used for trade between Pakistan and India. Bus service between the two countries was also suspended. According to Reuters, the NIA said in a statement that the charge sheet records the involvement of Pakistan-based organizations in terrorist attacks in India and in inciting Kashmiri youth.
According to the NIA, one of the accused is a 20-year-old youth from Srinagar. He ordered four kilograms of aluminum powder from the online store Amazon to help his colleagues make the bomb. It may be recalled that 40 paramilitary police personnel were killed in the attack on February 14, 2019, which was followed by air clashes between India and Pakistan.