A Pakistani terrorist arrested yesterday in Delhi recced 10 spots within the capital and routinely despatched particulars to his handlers in Pakistan, police sources mentioned as we speak, giving particulars gleaned from his interrogation. Mohammad Ashraf has allegedly informed the police that he surveyed the Delhi Excessive Courtroom earlier than the 2011 blast.
He has additionally revealed that he tracked the motion of military personnel in Jammu and Kashmir and frequently modified his cellphone numbers to remain beneath the radar.
Mohammad Ashraf, 40, arrested by the Delhi Police Particular Cell with a cache of weapons, was planning an enormous terror strike within the competition season, in keeping with Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana.
His questioning will reveal whether or not he was concerned in any terror assault in Delhi or another metropolis, mentioned the police.
Apart from the Excessive Courtroom, Ashraf allegedly surveyed different prime spots like India Gate, the outdated Delhi Police Headquarters, Crimson Fort and the Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Kashmiri Gate and despatched particulars to his Pakistani handlers.
Ashraf “couldn’t do a proper recce” on the Delhi Police headquarters as a result of he was not allowed to hover close to the spot, he has allegedly informed investigators.
He was additionally concerned in monitoring the actions of troopers and their autos in Jammu and Kashmir, the police mentioned.
“He kept in touch with his family in Pakistan,” mentioned sources.
“His handlers in the ISI (Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence) sent him photos of his targets and the location to be recced. They also gave him information on the delivery of weapons but he was never aware of the sender and receiver of the consignment,” they added.
He additionally modified his quantity each six months to keep away from detection and barely used WhatsApp or messages to contact his handlers.
Asraf, mentioned to be a resident of Pakistan’s Punjab province, was held from Laxmi Nagar in east Delhi. The police discovered an AK-47 rifle, a grenade and pistols with him.
He had received a solid nationwide ID from a village sarpanch in Bihar, sources mentioned.
He allegedly revealed to the police that he entered India by first going to Bangladesh after which travelling to Kolkata in West Bengal. He visited Ajmer Sharif, the place he met folks from Bihar whom he accompanied to their village. “In Bihar, he gained the trust of a sarpanch and obtained his Indian national ID from him,” mentioned sources.
The police mentioned Ashraf had been dwelling within the nation for 13 years utilizing solid paperwork.
He’s from Narowal in Pakistan’s Punjab and was recruited by the ISI proper after he handed Class 10, mentioned the police.