The special Cell of Delhi Police has arrested an alleged terrorist who they claim belongs to the banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM). The man was on the run for past seven years, the police said.
The accused, Habib-ur-Rehman, had allegedly provided logistic support to two Pakistanis who were caught with a large cache of ammunition, including RDX, from Grandlay Cinema in September 2001, police said.
"After the two terrorists were caught, Rehman went into a hiding and was currently running a dhaba at Haldwani in Uttarakhand. During this time, he got married and has a daughter. He belongs to Sambhal near Moradabad and had set up base at Haldwani fearing arrests. A team led by ACP LN Rao arrested the accused near Sarai Kale Khan on Monday evening when he had come to meet one of his accomplices.
The police said that when the two militants, Maqsood Ahmed and Sayyed Mohammad, had arrived in Delhi, Rehman had arranged their stay at Taimoor Nagar and even provided a mobile phone to them.
His other associate Ashad Hillal, who was arrested last year, assisted him in the crime. The militants were planning to bomb busy market places in Delhi. He had been evading arrest and was declared a proclaimed offender by a city court.
"He had made arrangements for bringing the explosives from Jammu and Kashmir. The explosives had been provided by one Pasha, the area commander of HUM in the valley," said Alok Kumar, DCP, Special Cell. The police said that the accused was carrying a reward of Rs 25,000 on his head.
The accused had visited Pakistan for training in 1999. He was trained to handle AK-47s, LMG, hand-grenades and assemble improvised explosive devices (IED) at Manesara in PoK.