India gets custody of JeM terrorist wanted for 2017 CRPF camp attack in J&K

New Delhi: India has secured the deportation of Nisar Ahmed Tantray, a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist and main conspirator behind the December 2017 attack on a CRPF camp at Lethpora in Jammu & Kashmir, from the UAE. Nisar had escaped to UAE a few weeks earlier and had been detained by the UAE authorities at New Delhi’s request, an official from National Investigative Agency informed.

Five CRPF personnel were killed after JeM militants attacked the camp in Pulwama district’s Lethpora in December 2017. The NIA had previously arrested an operative of the terror group in February for providing logistical support in the attack.

Nisar Tantray brother of Jaish divisional commander in South Kashmir Noor Tantray was brought to Delhi by a special flight on Sunday and handed over to the NIA, which is probing the Lethpora case. Noor Tantray, said to have been instrumental in establishing Jaish in the Valley, was killed in an encounter in December 2017.

According to reports, Mudasir Ahmed Khan, alias ‘Mohd Bhai’, the 23-year-old electrician who arranged the vehicle and explosives used in the suicide bombing that killed 40 CRPF jawans in Pulwama this February had also been recruited by Noor Mohammed.

Tantray’s deportation is seen as another example of deepening security cooperation with West Asia countries over the last few years, particularly Saudi Arabia and UAE.

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