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Pulwama attack mastermind Muddasir Khan close aide Sajjad Khan arrested near Red Fort

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New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday sent Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Sajjad Khan, a close aide of Pulwama attack mastermind Muddasir Ahmed Khan, to NIA custody till March 29.

The National Investigation Agency sought the custody saying they needed to unearth the deep-rooted conspiracy behind the February 14 attack in Pulwama that left 40 CRPF troopers dead.

 

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During the in-chamber proceedings Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Syal allowed the anti-terror agency to quiz the 27-year-old Khan, who was arrested late on Thursday from near the Red Fort area.

Following a tip off, Delhi Police arrested Khan while he was masquerading as a shawl trader.

 

Sajjad Khan close aide of Pulwama attack mastermind Muddasir Khan arrested near Red Fort:

 

Investigations revealed that Sajjad Khan had knowledge about the February 14 Pulwama attack on the Central Reserve Police Force convoy. He was in close contact with Muddasir Ahmed Khan, who was eliminated by the Indian Army earlier in March, a police officer added.

 

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The NIA told the court on Friday that the accused custody was required to unearth the deep rooted conspiracy. The NIA questioned Khan for half-an-hour inside the court and then requested for his custodial interrogation.

Sajjad Khan’s defence counsel M.S. Khan opposed the plea, but following the court’s order Delhi Police handed over his custody to the NIA.

 

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Nasa finds Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram with help of Indian engineer

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New York: NASA has found the crash site and debris of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander following a tip from an Indian space enthusiast who examined pictures of the area of the moon taken by a US orbiting camera.

The site was located by Shanmuga Subramanian, who on his own scoured the pictures taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera (LROC), NASA and Arizona State University announced on Monday confirming the find.

The first mosaic image of the likely crash site made from pictures taken by the LROC on September 17 was downloaded by several people to look for signs of the Vikram, NASA said.

One of them, Subramanian, contacted the LROC project with a positive identification of debris, it said.

Arizona State University (ASU), where the LROC project is located, said: “After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images.”

When the images for the first mosaic were acquired on September 17, the impact point was poorly illuminated and could not easily be identified, it said.

But two image sequences were acquired on October 14 and 15, and on November 11 were better.

The November mosaic shows best the impact crater, ray and extensive debris field. The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and cast a one pixel shadow.

The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and casts a one pixel shadow.

The university said that based on Subramanian’s tip, the LROC team scoured the surrounding area in the new mosaics and found the impact site and the debris field.

The impact site is located at 70.8810 degree S, 22.7840 degrees E, at an elevation of 834 metres, it said.

“The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 metres northwest of the main crash site,” ASU said.

Vikram lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) following its launch from Chandraayan-2 moon orbiter on September 6 when it tried to make a softlanding near the moon’s south pole.

In a statement NASA said: “Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement.”

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