New Delhi: Delhi Police are probing a link between JeM’s Kashif Jaan, one of the handlers of terrorists who attacked the Pathankot airbase, and three youths who were recently arrested.
The special cell of Delhi Police, its anti-terror unit, seeking additional remand for the suspects, stated that data retrieved from pen drives, mobiles and chat and email accounts indicates that two of the three were in touch with one Rashid Awan, a known JeM cadre based in Pakistan whose name has been linked to Kashif Jaan – the alleged prime handler of the recent Pathankot airbase attack.
Delhi Police stated this in the remand copy submitted in court on May 14 seeking an extension of their police custody. Sajid, Shakir and Sameer were arrested for their alleged links with JeM on May 3.
It also said that Sajid was in touch with Sajjad Ghori, another Pakistan-based JeM cadre and was at an advanced stage of negotiating the travel for Shakir to Pakistan for receiving arms and ammunition training at a JeM camp.
“The duo were the members of a group called Sada-e-Mujahid that comprises members such as Maulvi Talha, Pakistan-based brother of JeM chief, Maulana Masood Azhar who is the editor of Al-Qalam, JeM’s weekly news portal and the chief of JeM’s youth wing,” the remand application stated.
The police claim that a technical analysis of the Pakistani telephone numbers and the digital data retrieved from the suspects have revealed that Indians were in touch with Pakistan-based JeM handlers. Investigators are joining dots to identify the new Indian contacts.
The police said Sajid’s Facebook account was disabled sometime ago either by the social media firm as part of its in-house terror monitoring exercise or by the accused himself in order to erase a trail of his terror activities.Assistance of Facebook has been sought to get an access to his account.
The three operatives on May 14 were sent to 10-day police custody although the special cell had sought a 15-day custody. Their counsel, MS Khan, opposed the application saying the police had already been granted sufficient time and there was no fresh ground for further custody of his clients.
Delhi Police had detained around 10 more persons suspected to be linked with a terror outfit planning an attack in the city and recovered explosives from their possession after a series of overnight raids in the National capital and neighbouring states. They were later let off after questioning. Special cell teams had conducted raids in Delhi and UP in a joint operation of Delhi Police and a central intelligence agency.
All the three accused were suspected to be members of a sleeper unit of a terror outfit, planning an attack in the National Capital and other cities, police said.