The crime branch claims to have identified the Pakistan-based handler of arrested Hizbul Mujahideen spy Faroquee Ahmed Gulam Naiku, 37, and has stepped up efforts to issue a Red Corner Notice for his arrest.
A senior crime branch official, who spoke to HT requesting anonymity, said the man identified as Naiku’s handler is number three in the hierarchy of the terrorist group, headed by Sayed Salaluddin.
“He is a very high-ranking Hizbul commander and a key player in the terrorist group’s anti-India operations,” sources said, adding that the said Hizbul commander looks after the media wing of the terror group.
The officer, however, refused to disclose his name saying it would hamper the ongoing investigation.
For issuing the Red Corner Notice through the Interpol wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the crime branch is collating information about his involvement in terrorist activities in the country.
“He will also be named as wanted in the charge sheet in the present case and a letter rogatory will be sent to a Pakistan court too,” sources said.
During investigation, it has also come to light that Naiku largely interacted with his Pakistani handler through Skype.
“We are also in the process of writing to the free internet face-to-face call site for details about the communication between the two,” the official added.
Naiku, who had masqueraded as a dry fruit trader at the APMC market following his escape from Jammu and Kashmir, and subsequently Delhi, in 2008, was arrested by the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) from his rented accommodation in Navi Mumbai.