New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested another overground worker of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in connection with the attack on the CRPF camp at Lethpora, Jammu and Kashmir in 2017 in which five people were killed.

The JeM terrorist has been identified as Irshad Ahmad Reshi and is the fifth accused to have been arrested in connection to the case. According to the NIA, Reshi has been an active OGW (Over Ground Worker) of Jaish-e-Mohammad. He was a close associate of slain terrorist and JeM Commander Noor Mohammad Tantray.

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Irshad Ahmad Reshi has been found to be a key conspirator who provided logistic support in the form of sheltering and transport for terrorists and conducting reconnaissance of the CRPF Group centre, Lethpora before the terrorist attack.

The attack on the CRPF group centre, Lethpora was executed under a conspiracy to avenge the death of Noor Trali, who was killed in an encounter with security forces in Dec 2017.

The terrorist attack on CRPF Group Centre, Lethpora was carried out in the intervening night of 30-31 December 2017 by three terrorists of proscribed terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad(JeM). During the investigation by NIA, the terrorists were identified as Fardeen Ahmad Khandey, Manzoor Baba and a Pakistani terrorist Abdul Shakoor resident of Rawalakot area of POK. All three terrorists were killed in the encounter. In this attack, 5 CRPF personnel were martyred and three were grievously injured.

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NIA officials said Irshad Ahmed Reshi will be produced before the Special NIA court, Jammu on Monday with a request for grant of police custody for further investigation.

NIA had earlier arrested another OGW Syed Hilal Andrabi of Jaish-e-Mohammad. The NIA earlier this week had arrested absconding JeM terrorist Nisar Ahmed Tantray as soon as he landed at Delhi airport after being deported from UAE.

Nisar, a resident of Tral in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, had fled to UAE on February 1, 2019 after one of his associates was arrested by NIA. He is the younger brother of Noor Tantray, the JeM commander who was killed by security forces in an encounter at Pulwama on December 26, 2017.