The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday said it has made the seventh arrest in the Pulwama attack case, in which 40 CRPF personnel were martyred in an IED blast on February 14, 2019.
NIA arrested the seventh accused named, Bilal Ahmed Kuchey, whom the agency has termed as “a terror associate” on July 5.
According to the agency, Kuchey a resident of Hajibal, Kakapora, Jammu and Kashmir, runs a sawmill at his place and harboured and extended logistic support to the Jaish-e- Mohammad (JeM) terrorists involved in the Pulwama attack.
The main perpetrators in the case stayed in his house and Kuchey further introduced them to other over ground workers (OGWs) who provided safe houses during their stay and planning of the attack.
He also provided the JeM terrorists with high-end mobile phones which were used by them to communicate with the Pakistan-based JeM leadership as well as among themselves for giving final touches to their planning and for the execution of the attack, according to the agency.
Further, one of the mobiles provided by him was also used for recording the video clip of a terrorist Adil Ahmed Dar, which became viral after the attack.
Kuchey was produced before the NIA Special Court, Jammu on July 6 and from there he was sent to 10 days’ remand by the agency for custodial interrogation.
Further investigation is underway.
This is the second arrest made by the NIA in connection with the ghastly attacks which took place last year. Earlier this month, the agency had arrested one more accused, named Mohd Iqbal Rather.