New Delhi: The Delhi Police’s Special Cell said it has busted a “Pakistan-organised terror module” with the arrest of six men, “including two Pakistan-trained terrorists,” on Tuesday, September 14.
The operation covered multiple states, police told NDTV. One of the six was arrested in Rajasthan, two in Delhi and three in Uttar Pradesh.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah said, “Pakistan-organised terror module has been busted.” He said two of those arrested were “Pakistan-trained terrorists”.
Indian Express has reported officials as having claimed that the Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence agency was working with Dawood Ibrahim’s associates to plan attacks timed with the festival season in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Special CP (Special Cell) Neeraj Thakur told the news outlet the names of the arrested – Jaan Mohammed Sheikh (47), Osama alias Sami (22), Moolchand alias Saaju (47), Zeeshan Qamar (28), Mohammad Abu Bakar (23) and Mohammad Amir Javed (31).
At a press conference, Delhi Police said that among the arrested, Osama and Qamar, are Pakistan-trained terror operatives working under the instructions of Pakistan’s 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 DCP (Special Cell) Kushwah.
Explosives and firearms have been recovered from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh in a multi-state operation, Khushwah added.
Police also 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 based in Pakistan, is stated to be the underworld connect of this module, police said.
(With PTI inputs)