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NIA arrests ‘JeM OGW’ in connection with Lethpora CRPF camp attack

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Srinagar/New Delhi, Feb 04: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Monday arrested a “Jaish-e-Mohammad militant” in connection with the attack on a CRPF camp in Lethpora, according to an official statement.

The accused, Fayaz Ahmad Magray, is an active OGW (over ground worker) of proscribed militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), it said.

“He is a key conspirator who provided logistical support such as providing shelter to the militants and conducting reconnaissance of the CRPF group centre in Lethpora before the attack,” the NIA said in the statement.

In 2001 also, he was detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) by Jammu and Kashmir Police and he remained under detention for 16 months, it said.

Militant attack on CRPF group centre in Lethpora was carried out in the intervening night of December 30-31, 2017 by three JeM militants, the NIA said.

During investigation by the NIA, the militants were identified as Fardeen Ahmad Khandey and Manzoor Baba, both resident of district Pulwama, and Abdul Shakoor, a resident of Rawalakot area of Pakistan-administered- Kashmir, it said.

All the three militants were killed in the encounter.

In the attack, five CRPF personnel died and three were grievously injured.

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