According to an NIA spokesperson, the arrested man has been identified as Zakir Hussain (22), a resident of Kathua district in Jammu region. Hussain was arrested by an NIA team in Jammu on Monday, he said.
“The J&K Police had registered a case on May 29 last year following the interception of a drone and seizure of several rounds of under barrel grenade launchers (UBGLs) along with magnetic bombs near the Dhalli area in Kathua,” the spokesperson said, adding, “The case was later taken over by NIA on July 30 the same year.”
“He (Hussain) was allegedly involved in collecting, receiving and transporting the weapons dropped from across the international border to terrorists active in Kashmir,” he said.
“One of the seven accused arrested earlier had died in August last year due to cardiac arrest while in judicial custody. Two Pakistan-based terror operatives involved in the case are absconding,” the spokesman said.
“The seven arrested accused and the two absconders were chargesheeted by NIA on January 12 this year under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Arms Act, the Explosive Substances Act and the IPC,” he said.
“The accused were working on the directions of their Pakistani handler identified as Sajjad Gul,” the spokesperson said and added that NIA is continuing with its investigations into the matter to unravel the bigger conspiracy of Pakistan-backed terrorist groups to carry out acts of terror and violence in Kashmir and across India.