NIA investigators, with the support of forensic and automobile experts have been able to identify the vehicle used for the blast
The National Investigative Agency (NIA) has made the first breakthrough in the ongoing investigations in the Pulwama terror strike case by identifying the owner of the vehicle, a Maruti Eeco.
Sajjad was found not present in his house and thereafter has been evading arrest since then.
The said vehicle was used in the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel on February 14.
The recent owner of the vehicle has been identified as Sajjad Bhat. He hails from Anantnag district and is believed to have joined Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit.
In the next step, NIA sleuths are going to track down the individual who fabricated the said vehicle and fitted explosive material in the car.
On Monday pictures of Sajjad Bhat carrying weapons went viral on social media. At present, he is absconding from his home.
An NIA spokesman said that piecing together remnants of the vehicle used by the suicide bomber in the Pulwama terror attack on CRPF convoy, from the scene of the incident, NIA investigators, with the support of forensic and automobile experts have been able to identify the vehicle used for the blast.
“A Maruti Eeco vehicle having Chassis number MA3ERLF1SOO183735 Engine G12BN164140 was sold to Mohammad Jaleel Ahmed Haqani, a resident of Heaven colony, Anantnag in the year 2011. It subsequently exchanged hands seven times and finally reached Sajjad Bhat, son of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, a resident of Bijbehara, district Anantnag, who had acquired the vehicle on February 4.
Sajjad was a student of Siraj-ul-Uloom, Shopain,” the spokesman said.
He said after getting details, a raid was conducted by NIA team at his house with the help of J&K Police on Saturday.
“Sajjad was found not present in his house and thereafter has been evading arrest since then.