nTwo ISI-trained militants among 6 arrested
NEW DELHI, Sept 14: The Delhi Police’s Special Cell today busted a Pakistan-organised terror module with the arrest of six men, including two Pak-ISI trained terrorists, officials said.
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The terrorists were allegedly planning several blasts across the country during the upcoming festivals, police said.
The accused, identified as Jaan Mohammad Shaikh (47) alias ‘Sameer’, Osama (22), Moolchand (47), Zeeshan Qamar (28), Mohd Abu Bakar (23) and Mohd Amir Javed (31), were arrested following raids in Delhi and parts of Uttar Pradesh, they said.
Among the arrested, Osama and Qamar, are Pakistan-trained terror operatives working under the instructions of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). They were tasked to conduct the reconnaissance of different suitable locations in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh for placing IEDs, police said.
“The arrest of the four accused has exposed the nexus of the Pakistan’s ISI-sponsored and trained terror modules with underworld operatives and averted a slew of serial blasts and targeted killings in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states in India,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah.
“Pakistan-organised terror module has been busted and six persons have been arrested, including two Pakistan-trained terrorists,” he said.
Explosives and firearms have been recovered from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh in a multi-state operation, Khushwah added.
Police said that the arrested men were tasked separately to execute different aspects of the terror plan.
The underworld operative Sameer, a close contact of Anees Ibrahim, who is brother of Dawood Ibrahim, was tasked by a Pak-based person connected with underworld operatives hiding in Pakistan, to ensure smooth delivery of improvised explosive devices (IED), sophisticated weapons and grenades to different entities in India.
Anees Ibrahim, who is presently based in Pakistan, is stated to be the underworld connect of this module, police said.
Meanwhile, Mumbai police and Maharashtra ATS officials on Tuesday questioned the family members of terror suspect Jaan Mohammad Shaikh, arrested for allegedly being part of a Pakistan-organised module, and searched his home here, police said.
As his arrest became public, personnel from the Mumbai crime branch and local police rushed to his residence and questioned his family members, who stay in a room in a slum in Sion, they said.
Shaikh had been staying in the house with his family members since the last few years, police said.
He is married and has two daughters, they said, quoting local residents.
Police made enquiries about his background with the family members and neighbours, an official said. They also searched the house to get more information about Shaikh’s activities, he said.
The family members were asked about how he was came into contact with the module, the official said. Later, a team of the Maharashtra ATS also reached Shaikh’s residence and gathered details about his family background and carried out verification, he said.
A large number of mediapersons had assembled outside Shaikh’s residence. Police personnel were deployed in the area to maintain order and avoid any untoward incident. According to the Delhi Police, the terrorists were allegedly planning several blasts across the country during the upcoming festivals. (PTI)