With the arrest of six terrorists, including two Pakistan’s ISI-trained terror operatives, in multiple operations, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police has busted the nexus of ISI-sponsored terror modules and underworld operatives. Police said that the arrest of these men has averted a slew of blasts and targeted killings in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh (UP), Maharashtra and other states of the country.
Police said that they have also recovered explosives and arms and ammunition from the possession of the accused. The accused have been identified as Jaan Mohammad Sheikh (47), a resident of Mumbai in Maharashtra, Osama (22), a resident of Delhi’s Okhla area. Moolchand (47), a resident of Rae Bareilly in UP, Zeeshan Qamar (28), a resident of Allahabad in UP, Mohammad Abu Bakar (23), a resident of district Behraich in UP and Mohammad Amir Javed (31), a resident of Lucknow, UP.
“Zeeshan and Osama, after receiving training from the ISI, were asked to conduct reconnaissance of suitable locations in Delhi and UP for placing the IEDs while the underworld operative Jaan Mohammad, Ibrahim was tasked by Anees Ibrahim, brother of Dawood Ibrahim, to ensure the smooth delivery of IEDs, sophisticated weapons and grenades to different entities in the country,” police said.
According to Pramod Kushwah, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Special Cell, after receiving specific inputs from the Central agency that a Pak-abetted and sponsored group of entities is planning to execute serial IED blasts in India, a police team was tasked with the investigation.
“A multi-pronged operation was also launched and several police teams were stationed at Mumbai and Lucknow, Prayagraj, Rae-Bareilly, Pratapgarh in UP simultaneously. On September 14 on the basis of Intelligence, raids were conducted in different States and underworld operative Jan Mohammad was apprehended near Kota, Rajasthan while he was on his way to Delhi,” said the DCP.
“Osama was apprehended from Okhla while Abu Bakar was apprehended from Sarai Kale Khan. With the coordination with the officers of Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of UP police, Zeeshan was apprehended from Allahabad while Javed was apprehended from Lucknow, UP and Moolchand was apprehended from Rae Bareilly,” said the DCP.
“Interrogation revealed that this module had received sophisticated RDX-based IEDs, grenades, pistols and cartridges from a sleeper cell operative and these were sent to UP for safe concealment. Jaan Mohammad along with Moolchand had to receive the same in Delhi. They were further to be handed over to other terror operatives in Delhi, Mumbai and other parts of the country,” said the DCP.
“During interrogation, it was also revealed that ISI has entrusted the underworld component with transportation of arms and explosives and terror funding through Hawala channels,” said the DCP.
While interrogating Osama and Zeeshan, it was revealed that the duo had gone to Muscat, Oman to join training in Pakistan.
“They were joined by 15-16 Bangla-speaking people (probably from Bangladesh). They were divided into sub-groups and Zeeshan and Osama were placed in one group,” said the DCP.
“Over the next few days, after several short sea-journeys, changing boats several times, they were taken to a town called Jioni (near Gwadar Port, Pakistan).
There they were received by one Pakistani who took them to a farm house in Thatta, Pakistan,” said the DCP.
“They met three Pakistani nationals, of which two of them were wearing military uniforms. Jabbarand Hamza imparted training to them. Osama and Zeeshan were given training in bombs and IED making and committing arson with the help of items of daily use. They were also trained in handling and use of small firearms and AK-47s,” said the DCP adding that the training lasted for almost 15 days and thereafter, they were taken back to Muscat via the same route.