IPS Rakesh Balwal goes to AGMUT as deputation
New Delhi: The officer in charge of the investigation into the Pulwama attack in 2019, Rakesh Balwal, deputy to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), has been transferred as part of AGMUT and will be assigned to the police of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
According to the official notification issued by the Cabinet Appointments Committee under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Complaints and Pensions, âThe Cabinet Appointments Committee approved the Union Ministry of Interior’s proposal for inter – Executives by Rakesh Balwal, IPS (MA: 2012) from the Manipur framework to the AGMUT framework (Union Territory of J&K) for an insal period of three years in policy relaxation. “
Balwal, an IPS officer from the 2012 Manipur cadre group, had been a deputy to the NIA for three and a half years as police superintendent.
A leading investigator in most cases at J&K, Balwal led the investigation into the Pulwama attack and other terrorist financing cases in the Kashmir Valley and he cannot be repatriated in his own framework of Manipur for now as it would affect ongoing investigations in many cases at J&K, a security services official said.
As of August 2020, the NIA had filed more than 13,500 pages of indictments in a special court in Jammu, detailing the events of the Pulwama attack and naming all the defendants. The anti-terrorism investigation agency released the names of 19 defendants in connection with the grisly terrorist attack on the CRPF convoy in February 2019.
Filing a watertight indictment in court, the central investigative agency detailed the criminal plot hatched by the Pakistan-based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).
NIA investigators under Balwal’s leadership spared no effort to cover all aspects of the investigation, including consultation with the U.S. federal intelligence agency, the FBI, regarding the JeM’s role in the attack.