Engineer Arrested In Bijbehara Car Blast Case

Engineer Arrested In Bijbehara Car Blast Case

31 March 2012
Greater Kashmir
Shabir Ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: Police claimed to have arrested a civil engineer and is hunting for two other youth in connection with the recent Bijbehara car bomb explosion that left one person dead and 21 others injured. The investigations have been carried out jointly by Awantipora and Islamabad (Anantnag) police. The case according to police has been solved after call detail analysis (CDA) of mobile phones. Though police had earlier said that Muhammad Abbas, who was killed in the explosion, has no militancy links, but the latest investigations have revealed that he was allegedly in touch with Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militants. However, the families of the engineer and the killed youth have refuted the police claims. The police investigation has further revealed that Abbas was planning to target army convoy or any VVIP on the highway with the explosive that according to police exploded accidentally. Superintendent of Police (SP) Awantipora, Muhammad Irshad, who is part of the investigations, said that Mudasir Ahmad, a civil engineer of Awantipora, has been so far arrested and the police was hunting for two other youth. “We have arrested civil engineer Mudasir Ahmad and are looking for two other youth involved in the incident,” SP said and added that he would not disclose the names two other youth as it according to him will hamper the investigation. SP Awantipora further claimed that Mudasir has been earlier arrested twice in militancy related cases. “He was lodged in Cargo in 2005 and was arrested by the cops of police station Awantipora under FIR number 50-2006,” he said adding Mudasir used to work as common over-ground worker (OGW) of LeT and HM. The SP claimed that during the investigation they have found that Abbas, Mudasir and two other youth made an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Gundnard forests of Pulwama. The IED according to the SP contained Potassium Nitrate, Gelatin and rubber of cycle tyres. About the explosion, the police officer said that Mudasir and Abbas tried to detonate the IED once the army convoy was passing through Bijbehara town. “They were unsuccessful in exploding it because the battery of the IED was loose,” he said. “Call detail analysis confirms that they have pressed the three digit code compatible with IED from cell phone but the battery of IED was loose and it did not explode,” the police officer said. The SP further said, “Abbas was sent by Mudasir to check the battery and while fitting the battery the IED exploded that subsequently resulted in his death on the spot. Mudasir was waiting for Abbas some yards away on a mortar bike.” The vehicle, according to the SP, was arranged from Panzala area of Pulwama. “We are ascertaining the facts about the Alto car that was used to carry the explosives. We are also hopeful about the arrest the two other involved youth,” he said. The family of Abbas has said that he was attending a patient in Bijbehara hospital. “He was on way to the hospital carrying some meals and medicine for the patient. When he reached near the gate of the hospital the explosion took place and he was killed,” they said adding that he was not remotely connected to militancy. They added that police had also initially admitted that Abbas was not linked to militancy. Engineer Mudasir’s family has also refuted the police claims. “He is innocent and police is trying to implicate him,” the family said.