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Hizbul man held with Davinder to be probed over Pulwama attack

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Published on February 03, 2020 with No Comments

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) plans to interrogate Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Naveed Babu about militant supporters, who may have helped the alleged 2019 Pulwama attack mastermind Mudassir Khan. Babu was arrested on January 11 along with Jammu and Kashmir police officer Davinder Singh while they were on their way to Jammu along with two others. The NIA is probing the case. Babu’s brother, Irfan Shah, was also arrested a week later and handed over to the NIA.

Khan, a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) commander, has been named as the Pulwama attack mastermind. He was killed three weeks after the February 2019 attack along with Sajjad Bhat. Bhat’s car was used in the suicide attack that left 40 Central Reserve Police Force troopers dead and brought India and Pakistan on the brink of war.

“We will question Naveed Babu about the others involved in the Pulwama attack. Being a senior commander in the region, we believe he knows most of the operatives of the Lashkar-e-Taiba [LeT], JeM and other outfits. Usually, the outfits based in the[Kashmir Valley work together and take each other’s help in terms of logistics. In fact, the JeM, the LeT, and the HM have had meetings to decide on their action plan,” a daily from India quoted its source in the ministry as saying.

Babu is believed to be an important link to solving the Pulwama case as he is accused of recruiting several militants since 2017 when he joined the HM, the official added. The NIA officials clarified that Davinder Singh is not under probe in the Pulwama attack case.


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