Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency has arrested Bilal Ahmed Kuchey for playing a key role in the 2019 Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF troopers.
In a statement, the NIA said that, in the continuing investigation of the Pulwama attack case in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast on 14.2.2019, “NIA arrested one more accused namely )Bilal Ahmed Kuchey S/o Ghulam Nabi Kuchey R/o Hajibal, Kakapora,
Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir on 05.07.2020,”
NIA said that, “Kuchey who is running a sawmill at his place is a “terror” associate who harboured and extended logistic support to the JeM militants involved in the Pulwama attack.”
“The main perpetrators in the case stayed in his house and he further introduced them to other Over Ground Workers who provided safe houses during their stay and planning of the attack. He provided the JeM militants with high-end mobile phones which were used by them to communicate with the Pakistan-based JeM leadership as well as among themselves for giving final touches to their planning and for execution of the attack. Further, the mobile phone provided by him was also used for recording the video clip of Fidayeen Adil Ahmed Dar, which became viral after the attack,” the statement added.
The statement further says that, Mr. Kuchey was produced before NIA Special Court, Jammu on 06.07.2020 and ten (10) day’s NIA remand was taken for his custodial interrogation.