Sunday, October 21, 2018

NIA arrests main accused in Nagrota attack

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested a key absconding accused in the 2016 Nagrota terror attack case, Abdul Hamid Khandey, at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here while he was trying to escape to Saudi Arabia via Sri Lanka.
A resident of Achhan village in Pulwama district of J&K, Khanday was detained by the immigration authorities on the basis of a lookout circular that NIA had issued against him. According to NIA sources, Khandey had carried out a recce of the Army camp to facilitate Jaish-e-Mohammad’s plan to unleash a fidayeen strike there.
When Dar and Ashiq Baba were arrested in June, the NIA learnt that Khanday had got a passport issued for himself even though he never travelled out of the country. This led NIA to get a non-bailable warrant and lookout circular issued against him. Unaware of all this, Khandey had planned his ‘escape’ to Saudi Arabia via Sri Lanka.
However, the lookout circular pending against him led the immigration authorities to detain him and inform NIA, which later arrested him at the airport. NIA on Saturday secured his transit remand
21/10/18 Bharti Jain/Times of India
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