Chargesheet against 11 involved in Amarnath Yatra bus attack

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday filed its chargesheet against 11 persons, including four militants of terror outfit Lashker-e-Taiba, in connection with the attack on a bus carrying pilgrims to Amarnath. Nine yatris were killed and 19 others injured in the attack in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on July 10 last year.

The chargesheet was filed before the Sessions Court in Anantnag and Chief Judicial Magistrate (Juvenile Court) Anantnag.

In December last year, police had claimed that they had killed the three accused LeT militants in separate encounters. One of the militants was a juvenile, who is currently on bail.

“During the course of the investigation it was established that Pakistan-based LeT (militants) were involved in the attack. Evidences collected established the complicity of 11 people, of which four persons including one juvenile were arrested in the instant case,” a police officer said.

The main accused, Abu Ismail (Pakistani national) was killed in an encounter in Nowgam on September 14, 2017. Yawar Bashir alias Ayaan, Maaviya and Furqaanwere, all Pakistani nationals were killed in an encounter at Qazigund. “Accused Khalid Muzafar Dar, Tanveer Ahmad Dar and Sarjeel Ahmad Shiekh are absconding,” the officer added.

He said the accused persons — Aijaz Ahmad Wagay, Bilal Ahmad Reshi and Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh — were arrested and are presently in judicial custody, adding that one of the accused persons (name withheld juvenile), who was also arrested, is presently on bail.

Police registered a case under RPC Sections 302, 307, 326, 427; Section 7/27 of the Arms Act; and Sections 16, 18, 20 of the ULA(P) Act.

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