Manhunt on for relative of arrested Pak-trained terrorist

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Manhunt on for relative of arrested Pak-trained terrorist

Friday, 17 September 2021 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

Days after the Delhi Police’s Special Cell busted a Pakistan-organised terror module with the arrest of six men, including two Pak-ISI trained terrorists, the police teams are now looking for Humaid-ur-Rehman, a relative of one of the alleged terrorists.

The Delhi Police on Tuesday had arrested six terrorist identified as Jaan Mohammad Sheikh (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.

Police said Humaid-ur-Rehman was the primarily link through which both Osama and Qamar came in touch with the terror operatives. He arranged for their transportation and helped them in reaching Pakistan, police said.

Osama, is a third year BA student of an Allahabad-based university, while Zeeshan Qamar, a native of Lucknow, the second Pak-trained terrorist arrested by the Special Cell on Tuesday is a graduate and earlier worked as an accountant in a business firm, the officer said.

“Qamar allegedly got in touch with Humaid-Ur-Reham for business-related work a few years ago and eventually got radicalized by him. The accused men, Qamar, Humaid-ur-Rehman and Osama, preferred meeting physically and avoided contacting each other on mobile phones. Even when they sent messages on WhatsApp, they ensured that they deleted their conversation immediately,” said a senior police official.

Meanwhile, Jamil Khatri (28), a resident of Rae Bareli, and Imtiaz Ali (38), a resident of Pratapgarh, were detained on Wednesday in connection with the probe by police.

Through technical surveillance and manual inputs, both Khatri and Imtiaz came under  suspicion. Both of them belong to a poor economic background, police said.

They did small work to earn their living. Ali earlier worked in Mumbai and was now engaged in fishing activities at his native village. Both of them were let off after questioning and were handled over to their relatives. They will be called for questioning again, if required, the senior police official said. Police had said interrogation revealed that the Pakistan terror module was being operated through two components, via underworld and the Pak-ISI trained terror module.

Police said they got inputs from central agencies that a Pak-abetted and sponsored group of entities is planning to execute serial IED blasts in India.

“With the help of human and technical surveillance, it was found that the network was spread across various states. On Tuesday, police teams conducted raids simultaneously in different states and initially, the first accused, Sheikh, was apprehended from near Kota in Rajasthan while he was on a train on the way to Delhi,” said police.

Later, Osama was nabbed from Delhi’s Okhla and Bakar from Sarai Kale Khan, while Qamar was apprehended from Allahabad, Javed from Lucknow and Moolchand from Rae Bareilly in close coordination with the UP Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) team, police added.

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