Amarnath yatra attack: Lashkar wanted to avenge killing of its terrorists
It was a plan executed in quick time, the Jammu and Kashmir police said in its chargesheet filed in connection with the Amarnath yatra attack. The plan was executed by both the Pakistani and local terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.
The attack was probably to avenge the killing of its terrorists and also spread panic in the Valley, investigations have shown. On Monday, the special investigation team of the J&K police in its chargesheet managed to establish the role played by the terror group.
It was Abul Ismail, the Pakistan origin terrorist who had picked the spot for the attack. He had chosen a team of four to carry out the strike. The rest of the persons involved in the attack provided logistic support.
Two cars and a bike were used for the attack. The bus carrying the pilgrims came under attack in July last year. The bus according to the probe got disconnected from its security cover at Pantha Chowk. It also developed a technical snag which was attended to at Awantipora, the probe suggests.
The special investigation team of the J&K police said that on the basis of the evidence collected, it was established that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba was behind the attack.
The chargesheet names 11 accused persons. A juvenile too is part of the chargesheet but his name has been withheld. It may be recalled that four of the masterminds of the attack including Pakistani national Abu Ismail were killed in encounters. The chargesheet also names the four persons.
Abu Ismail the prime accused, who was a Pakistan national was killed in an encounter in Arigam, Nowgam, Srinagar on September 14. Yawar Bashir alias Ayaan (A-9), Maaviya (A-10) and Furqaan (A-11) (Pakistani nationals) were were killed in an encounter at Qazigund.
Aijaz (A-1), Bilal (a-2) and Zahoor (A-3) were arrested and are presently in the Judicial custody, the police said.
Accused Khalid Muzafar Dar (A-5) of Rehpora Khudwani, Tanveer Ahmad Dar (A-6) of Rehpora Khudwani and Sarjeel Ahmad Shiekh (A-7) of Khudwani are absconding. The accused include Aijaz Ahmad Wagay S/o Ghulam Qadir Wagay R/o Poshkreri Srigufwara .(A-1), Bilal Ahmad Reshi S/o Mushtaq Ahmad Reshi R/o Iqbal Market Bijbehara (A-2), Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh S/o Mohd Maqbool Sheikh R/o Sheikh Mohalla Khudwani ,Kulgam. (A-3), Name withheld (A-4) (Juvenile) Khalid Muzaffar Dar S/o Gh. Qadir Dar R/o Rehpora Khudwani, Kulgam. (A-5) Tanveer Ahmad Dar S/o Bashir Ahmad Dar R/o Rehpora Khudwani Kulgam. (A-6), Sarjeel Ahmad Sheikh S/o Ab. Hamid Sheikh R/o Khudwani. (A-7), Abu Ismail @ Haroon R/o Pakistan. (A-8) Yawar Bashir Wani @ Ayaan S/o Bashir Ahmad Wani R/o Habilsh Devsar. (A-9) Maaviya R/o Pakistan (A-10) and Furqan R/o Pakistan. (A-11)