The chief of Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad, Maulana Masood Azhar, accompanied by his brothers Abdul Rauf Asghar and Ammar Alvi, was interminably giving directions and guidance to the Pakistani JeM terrorists who had infiltrated into India using Pakistani SIM cards and WhatsApp calls and messages.
The charge sheet has been filed in the Jammu court along with the pictures and digital evidence of the Pulwama terror attack under several divisions of the IPC, Explosive Substances Act, Arms Act, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and Foreigners Act of Jammu & Kashmir.
“A lot of digital, forensic, documentary and oral evidence establishing a fool-proof case against the accused for this dastardly and barbaric attack has been collected,” the official said.
The National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) charge sheet also suspected that the JeM had initially planned the attack for February 6, 2019, but due to heavy snowstorm and termination of the highway, the attack was delayed to February 14.
The official said that the anti-terror probe agency also recuperated the WhatsApp messages, calls and messages sent through other secure messaging applications.
This is for the first time that the agency has revealed images of the IEDs used in the blast and the pictures of all the accused which were shared with their supervisors in Pakistan.
An NIA source said that it also got the assistance from the FBI to crack the WhatsApp calls and messages and other messages shared on other protected messaging platforms.