Srinagar, March 21(KNB): The police have said that Rizwan Asad, 28, a school principal, who died in police custody on Monday night was involved in Pulwama attack that left 40 CRPF men killed last month.
A senior police officer said “Rizwan had prepared explosives for the Pulwama attack that left 40 CRPF men killed and had also provided logistic support to the slain Lashkar-e-Toiba militants — Abu Ismail, Chota Qasim and Yawar Bashir — in carrying out an attack on the police in 2017, leaving a head constable dead and three policemen others injured.”
Earlier, Rizwan was picked up by the police from his home in south Kashmir’s Awantipora town for his alleged involvement in a militancy case.He was also chemistry teacher and had done postgraduation in chemistry from the Central University of Dehradun.
The police sources said, “Post the Pulwama attack, we refocused on militancy cases in the area and his name surfaced as a prime suspect in one such case. He was put under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in other cases but was not questioned in the 2017 case.”
The police further said that he was well acquainted with “explosive chemicals and their reactions”. “He took us to a location in Anantnag where he showed us why he had separated chemicals from each other, which if put together, could explode and cause damage.”
“During questioning, Rizwan revealed his know-how of explosive-making and his role in IEDs used in attacks in south Kashmir in the past two years.”(KNB)