Officials said 22-year-old Shakir Bashir Magrey, owner of a furniture store and resident of Hajibal, Kakapora in Pulwama, had provided shelter and other logistical assistance to suicide bombers Adil Ahmad Dar.
Magrey was introduced to Dar in mid-2018 by Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Umar Farooq and became a full-time aboveground employee (OGW) of the JeM.
During his first interrogation, Magrey revealed that on various occasions he collected and delivered weapons, ammunition, cash and explosive material to JeM terrorists, including those involved in the Pulwama attacksaid the NIA.
Magrey further revealed that he had housed Dar and Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Umar Farooq in his house from the end of 2018 until the attack in February 2019, and helped them prepare the improvised explosive device (IED).
His shop is located near the Lethpora Bridge, and as advised by Mohammad Umar Farooq, he started exploring the movement of CRPF convoy on Jammu-Srinagar Highway in January 2019 and told Mohammad Umar and Dar about it, officials said.
Magrey was also involved in adjusting the Maruti Eeco car and installing IED in early February 2019, they said.
During investigation, the make, model and number of the car used in the attack was quickly identified as a Maruti Eeco car by forensic testing of the small remains of the vehicle taken during extensive site searches, said the NIA, the addition of this has been confirmed by Magrey.
The explosives used in the attack were determined by forensic probe as ammonium nitrate, nitroglycerin and RDX. Research has also confirmed that the identity of the suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar is through DNA matching with that of his father.
The other major terrorists involved in the attack are Muddasir Ahmad Khan, JeM’s divisional commander in South Kashmir, killed in an operation by security forces on March 11 last year; Pakistani terrorists – Muhammad Umar Farooq and IED expert Kamran, both killed on March 29 last year; the owner of the car – Sajjad Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Anantnag who was killed on June 16 last year and Qari Yassir, JeM’s commander for Kashmir who was killed on January 25 this year.
The attack on the CRPF convoy, which moved from Jammu to Srinagar in Pulwama on 14 February last year, with a vehicle loaded with IED by Jaish terrorist Dar, had claimed 40 lives from CRPF personnel and many others were seriously injured.
Magrey was produced on Friday at the NIA Special Court in Jammu and detained for 15 days for his detailed interrogation. Further probe was en route.