The alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) techie is proving to be a tough nut to crack for the Delhi Police, “forcing them to run around in circles”, say officers involved in the interrogation of the alleged terrorist.
The police said they had got precise details about the IM’s bid to target a Delhi market during the upcoming festive season from 27-year-old Ajaz Sheikh’s laptop.
After Sheikh refused to crack, the special cell was forced to turn to the outfit’s former boss Yasin Bhatkal for help on Monday. But to no avail.
“We paid Yasin a visit in jail to confront him with information about the possible terror bid and to get specific details,” said a police officer.
“But he claimed he doesn’t know anything because this particular plan was allegedly chalked out when he was on the run last year,” the officer added.
Sources in the special cell told HT that Ajaz Sheikh, who is currently in 10 days’ police custody, has refused to utter a single word since his arrest last Friday.
At the most, according to his interrogators, Sheikh has mostly nodded a ‘yes’ about his involvement in Pune’s German Bakery blasts and nothing further.
“Ajaz is the antithesis of Yasin,” said an officer who has interrogated both alleged IM members.
“Yasin loves to talk and has more or less been singing since his arrest, accepting his involvement in most of the terror bids the country has witnessed over half a decade, the logistical and technical help he has provided and similar details,” the officer said.
But Ajaz, on the other hand, seems to be a tough nut to crack.
“His silence is worrying. We need specific details about their latest plan before the festive season arrives so that a strike can be averted,” an officer said.