October 1, 2023

NIA has arrested two persons for harbouring the terrorists who had killed five innocent civilians in Dhangri village of district Rajouri of Jammu and Kashmir in January this year.

The duo, Nisar Ahmed @Haji Nisar and Mushtaq Hussain, were formally arrested by the NIA on Thursday in the case. They were produced before NIA Special Court, Jammu on Friday and were sent to 12 days NIA custody. Incidentally, both the accused were currently lodged in Central Jail, Kot Bhalwal, Jammu in another case, registered at Police Station Gursai, Mendhar, District Poonch.

On 1st January, 2023, five persons were killed and others seriously injured in an attack by unknown terrorists. The case was initially registered at PS Rajouri. NIA had taken over and re-registered the case on 13th January.

Investigations by the NIA revealed that both the arrested accused persons were involved in harbouring the terrorists who had carried out the shocking killings of the civilians. They had provided logistics support to the terrorists for more than two months and had sheltered them in a hideout, which was constructed by the arrested accused persons on the directions of Pakistan based Lashkar-e- Taiyaba (LeT) handlers namely Saifullah @ Sajid Jutt, Abu Qatal @ Qatal Sindhi and Mohd. Qasim.

During the course of investigations of the case pertaining to the killing of innocent civilians at Dhangri, District Rajouri, a team of NIA officials camped for quite some time in the hilly terrain of Rajouri, Poonch and Reasi districts of J&K and examined a large number of suspicious entities and later zeroed in on the above mentioned accused persons who had provided the hideout. Further Investigations of the case continue to be under process.