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Pulwama attack mastermind's associate sent to NIA custody

ANI | Updated: Mar 22, 2019 22:44 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar 22 (ANI): A Delhi court on Friday sent Sajjad Khan, an alleged associate of Pulwama terror attack mastermind Mudassir Ahmed Khan, to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody till March 29.
During in-chamber proceedings, Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Syal allowed NIA to quiz him in the case.
The NIA questioned Sajjad inside the court for half-an-hour and thereafter requested the court to grant his custodial interrogation.
The NIA had requested for 10 days remand of Sajjad to unearth the deep-rooted conspiracy. Sajjad's defence counsel MS Khan, however, opposed it. The court gave seven days remand, till March 29.
Sajjad was presented before the court where Delhi Police which arrested Sajjad from the Red Fort area on Thursday night, handed over his custody to the NIA.
The NIA on Friday arrested Sajjad Ahmed Khan, a resident of Handoora in Jammu and Kashmir for allegedly waging war against Government of India.
“He was arrested under section 120B and 121A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 17, 18, 18A, 18B, 20, 38 and 39 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA),” an NIA statement said.
The statement further claimed, “In furtherance of this criminal conspiracy, Sajjad Ahmed Khan was specially sent to Delhi to set up hideouts in Delhi NCR. This was done to select specific targets and also to radicalize and recruit Muslim youths to further terror activities.” 
The accused is believed to be a close associate of Pulwama terror attack mastermind Mudassir Ahmed Khan who was gunned down by the security forces in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir on March 11. Huge quantities of ammunition and automatic weapons were found during the encounter.
Forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama on February 14 after a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into their bus, which was a part of the convoy. (ANI)