Yousuf Chopan Was Not Accused in Pulwama Attack Case, Says NIA

New Delhi: In wake of news that Pulwama assault accused Yousuf Chopan used to be granted bail because the NIA didn’t document a price sheet inside the prescribed duration, the anti-terror company on Thursday clarified that he used to be no longer arrested if so.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), in a remark, mentioned that Chopan used to be “by no means arrested in Pulwama assault case. However, he, in conjunction with six others, used to be arrested in a Jaish-e-Mohammed conspiracy case registered in August ultimate yr”.

In that case, the anti-terror company mentioned that two price sheets have been filed in opposition to 8 other folks, specifically Sajad Ahmad Khan, Tanveer Ahmed Ganie, Bilal Ahmad Mir, Muzaffar Ahmad Bhat, Ishfaq Ahmad Bhat, Mehraj-ud-din Chopan, Mudassir Ahmad Khan, Karti Mufti Yaseer. These incorporated two terrorists — Mudassir and Yaseer, who have been killed in a shoot-out with safety forces.

During investigation, the NIA had arrested seven Over Ground Workers (OGWs), out of which six accused have been price sheeted in two price sheet and Chopan used to be no longer price sheeted because of “insufficient proof”, it mentioned.

“As such he has been granted default bail through Special NIA court docket, New Delhi on February 18, 2020,” the NIA mentioned, including that he has been despatched again to Kot Bhalwal prison in Jammu below Public Safety Act through the order of District Magistrate, Pulwama.

The NIA mentioned it “follows the coverage of fairest imaginable investigation” and likewise that “important leads have emerged in Pulwama assault case and a step forward within the case is predicted in a while”.

The NIA’s rationalization got here hours after the Congress slammed the company for its “lacklustre” solution to the case and mentioned it used to be an insult to the Pulwama martyrs.

Hitting out on the NIA, senior Congress chief Ahmed Patel mentioned: “Shocked to grasp that the Pulwama accused were given bail since the NIA is so busy that it didn’t document the price sheet. It’s an insult to the martyrs. Clearly, the federal government used this tragic assault for political functions and used to be by no means fascinated with justice.”

Forty CRPF body of workers, travelling in a convoy at the Jammu-Srinagar freeway, have been killed on February 14 ultimate yr when a suicide bomber rammed a automobile loaded with explosives into their bus in Awantipora in Pulwama district. Following the assault, banned terror outfit JeM claimed duty or even launched a video of the purported attacker.

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