Sajid, one of the three alleged Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) operatives arrested by Delhi Police special cell, was in touch with top JeM commanders based in Pakistan through Facebook, police have claimed.
Investigators said one of the JeM commanders, Rashid Awan, whom Sajid used to chat with on Facebook, is a close confidant of Qasim Jaan, a top JeM militant. Awan, whose name had surfaced during the Pathankot terror attack probe, was purportedly guiding the attackers over phone from Pakistan.
Police said Sajid was not associated with the Pathankot attack. The only link Sajid had is that he was in touch with one of the JeM militant in Qasim’s network, the police alleged.
Sajid allegedly put JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar’s photograph as his profile picture and began searching material about jihad and Maulana Tarik Jameel, a Pakistani Islamic scholar, preacher, and public speaker.
“Sajid soon started liking and sharing inflammatory remarks, pictures and videos shared on the social networking sites. It was then that his online activities attracted attention of Indian intelligence officials who put his account on surveillance,” said the officer.
The officer said Sajid got a friend request message from Rashid Awan, who asked him why he had Masood’s photo as the profile picture. Sajid told him that he was a follower of Masood and wanted to meet him. Awan befriended him and eventually radicalised him, the officer claimed.
According to investigators, Sajid had established contact with Talha Saif, younger brother of the JeM chief after he found his mobile number on one of the Facebook accounts in his friends list. Sajid, however, did not know that it was Saif’s number. Influenced by the content, Sajid saved the number in his phone under Sajid Hussain’s name, police said.
“Sajid sent a WhatsApp message on the number and received a response from the user three days later. During their chats, Sajid found that the person on the other side was Saif,” the officer said.
Sajid told Saif to arrange a Pakistani visa for him. Saif kept deferring his request and asked Sajid to keep reading religious materials and work sincerely on jihad, he said.