JAMMU: In the much publicised Banihal car blast, Special Judge NIA Jammu Subash C Gupta framed charges against Owais Amin alias Cherry, Umar Shafi, Aqib Shafi Shah, Wasim Ahmed Dar, Hilal Ahmed Mantoo and Shahid Ahmed Wani alias Watson all associates of Hizbul Mujahedeen outfit under section 309 & 307 of RPC, 3&4 of Explosive Substances Act, 4 of J&K Public Property (prevention of Damage Act 1985) and 16,18,20,23 & 38 UA(P) Act read with Section 120-B of RPC.
According to the prosecution case as emerged after investigation by the NIA , the accused of the present chargesheet are associated with HM proscribed terrorist organization as per schedule appended to UA (P) Act and with intention to support and further its unlawful activities for disruption of sovereignty and integrity of Indian Nation & of State of Jammu and Kashmir, in the month of Feb 2019, they hatched criminal conspiracy among themselves for carrying out suicidal bombing of the convey of the vehicles of the security forces plying on the national High Way (Jammu – Srinagar) and in order to accomplish the same, on 18.3.2019, a meeting was held among them at Turk Wangam Shopian and thereafter accused- Wasim Ahmed Dar and Hilal Ahmed Mantoo prepared an IED with the material such as two LPG cylinders, 5 kgs, each, provided by the-accused namely- Umar Shafi and the same was laden in the stolen Santro car having registration No: DL-5917 and on 27.3.2019, accused Owais Amin Cherry made an exercise of testing the actual working of the IED at NHW near Shatani Nallah . However, despite the use of trigger, blast did not occur. Thereafter, on 28.3.2019, at his request, accused Wasim Ahmed Dar and one Sahil Abdullah repaired the IED at Banihal and made the same workable. Thereafter, on 30.3.2019, in order to execute the task of suicidal bombing the vehicles of the convey of CRPF vehicles, Owais Amin Cherry rammed the IED laden Santro car, on the rear side of one of the vehicle (bus) of the convey having registration No: HR 67/8066 near Thathar Banihal, with the criminal intention to kill the CRPF personnel, travelling in it. However, in this attempt, Santro car caught fire and he suffered burn injuries. Afterwards, on 31.03.2019, he was arrested by the Naka checking police party, while, he was traveling in a Tempo Traveler across the Jawahar Tunnel.