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NIA reveals woman who allegedly pieced together Pulwama attack

The Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists who carried out the deadly Pulwama attack last year were helped critically by a woman who has now been arrested.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) chargesheet reveals that Insha, 23, was involved with main conspirator Mohammad Umar Farooq, a Pakistani bomb-maker who was killed by security forces in Kashmir in March this year.

Farooq was the nephew of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar. The 26/11 carried out in Mumbai allegedly were carried out at Masood Azhar’s behest. Masood is also said to be behind Pulwama.

The investigations have revealed that Insha was in touch with Farooq over phone and other social media platforms.

“We have retrieved many messages exchanged between them which suggest their proximity and we have mentioned this in our charge-sheet,” a senior NIA officer told NDTV a day after the agency filed a 13,500-page charge-sheet.

It’s learnt that Insha Jan’s father Tariq Pir was fully aware of the goings on between his daughter and Farooq.

Tariq allegedly made the movement of Umar Farooq and two of his associates possible in and around Pulwama.

“The father-duo provided Umar Farooq, Sameer Dar and Adil Ahmed Dar (the three key players in the attack) food, shelter and other logistics on more than 15 occasions. The terrorists stayed for two to four days at a time at their home, several times between 2018 and 2019,” the officer revealed to NDTV.

In the despicable Pulwama attack over 40 Indian soldiers were killed in a suicide bomber attack who rammed a car full of explosives into a security convoy on February 14 last year.

The NIA mentions that Adil Ahmed Dar was the suicide bomber.

Insha apparently used to pass information on the movement of security forces to Farooq

The NIA chargesheet states that Insha Jan used to pass on information about the movement of security forces to Umar Farooq, the nephew of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, a terror mastermind wanted in India for the 26/11 attacks. Masood Azhar is named as the key conspirator in the Pulwama terror.

The NIA chargesheet states Umar Farooq infiltrated into India on April 14, 2018, along with four other terrorists.

“We are also probing the Jhajjar Kotli case in which some more terrorists crossed over. We arrested two terror operatives who revealed how many terrorists they had helped cross over to India. Subsequent investigations revealed that the duo had helped Umar Farooq and four others infiltrate into India,” revealed an officer connected with Pulwama case.

Umar succeeded in reaching south Kashmir and began taking part in small terror related incidents and invoking more terrorists. “It’s only after his real brother Ibrahim Haider was killed in an encounter in October 2018 that he received directions from Pakistan to do something big,“ the officer said.

 The video, released by Jaish claiming responsibility for the Pulwama attack, was shot at Insha Jan’s residence, claims NIA.

“The video has the voice of Sameer Dar and shows Fidayeen Adil Dar (the suicide bomber). It was shot for two days – January 28-29 2019. Sameer’s voiceover was okayed but Adil was not confident enough, so their lip sync was not matching. After a lot of retakes they managed to shoot the video properly. It was then WhatsApped to Pakistan where it was improvised and then sent back. The video was released after the attack,” the officer said.

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