In a major development, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday has filed a chargesheet against 4 Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) operatives who were planning terror attacks in different parts of India. As per the chargesheet filed before the NIA special court, the four Jaish operatives have been charged with Sections 120B and 121A of the IPC, Sections 18, 18B, 38 and 39 of the UA(P) Act (Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act) and Section 4 of Explosives Substances Act. The four terrorists are aged between 20-30 and are residents of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir.
The four operatives have been identified as Sajjad Ahmad Khan(27), Tanveer Ahmed Ganie(29), Bilal Ahmad Mir (23) and Muzaffar Ahmad Bhat(23). In the chargesheet, the NIA has named Jaish operative Sajjad Ahmad Khan, a close aide of Pulwama attack mastermind Mudassir Ahmad Khan, and alleged that he was conspiring terror attacks across the country.
As per sources, the case pertains to an alleged criminal conspiracy hatched by senior commanders of JeM to carry out terror attacks in different parts of India including Delhi-NCR. Following the investigation in the matter, it was found that the accused terrorists are members of JeM terror outfit, who were planning to carry out terrorist attacks and also propagating the activities of JeM. During the investigation, two detonators were seized from the terrorists.
This development has come days after three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists were arrested in a joint operation by the Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab Police from Lakhanpur. During the arrest, large quantities of arms, ammunition, and explosives were also recovered from the terrorists. Following the abrogation of Article 370 by the Indian Government, several attempts have been made by Pakistan-backed JeM terror outfit to instigate terror activities and disturb the peace in Jammu & Kashmir. Earlier in September, Kashmir police arrested eight individuals, suspected of belonging to the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Sopore area of J&K. It was found out that the eight people were involved in circulating posters about terrorism.