Pulwama encounter: NIA identifies owner of vehicle used in terror attack, says he has joined Jaish-e-Mohammad

  • The NIA investigators, with the support of forensic and auto mobile experts, have been able to identify the vehicle used in the blast as a Maruti Eeco

  • The vehicle was sold to Sajjad Bhat, a resident of Bijbehara in south Kashmir

  • Raids were conducted by a team of NIA and police at Sajjad's house on Saturday, but he was not present

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Monday said the owner of the vehicle used in the Pulwama terror attack has been identified and he has joined the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror outfit.

An official spokesman said the NIA has made a significant breakthrough in the investigation by identifying the vehicle and its owner after piecing together remnants of the car recovered from the scene of the blast.

 Pulwama encounter: NIA identifies owner of vehicle used in terror attack, says he has joined Jaish-e-Mohammad

An army soldier stood guard near the site of suicide bomb attack at Pulwama. PTI

The NIA investigators, with the support of forensic and auto mobile experts, have been able to identify the vehicle used in the blast as a Maruti Eeco having chassis number MA3ERLF1SOO183735 and engine number G12BN164140.

The vehicle was sold to Mohammed Jaleel Ahmed Haqani, a resident of Heaven Colony in Anantnag in 2011, and subsequently it changed hands seven times and finally reached Sajjad Bhat, a resident of Bijbehara in south Kashmir.

"The vehicle was purchased on 4 February," the spokesman said, adding Sajjad was a student of Siraj-ul-Uloom, Shopian.

Raids were conducted by a team of NIA and police at Sajjad's house on Saturday, but he was not present.

He has reportedly joined JeM and his photograph also appeared on social media where he is seen holding weapons.

Forty two CRPF personnel were killed when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a bus carrying jawans in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February.

Updated Date: Feb 25, 2019 21:35:34 IST