The Delhi Police, on Tuesday, informed a city court that three Pakistan-based militants had confessed that a conspiracy was hatched to kidnap cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly to secure the release of two jailed HuJI terrorists.
Referring to the confessional statements of Tariq Mohammed and Ashfaq Ahmed, public prosecutor Anita Hooda said the accused wanted to free Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HuJI) members Nasarullah Langrial and Abdul Rahim, who were then lodged in Indian jails.
“Ashfaq, a native of Pakistan’s Punjab province, had received arms training in Afghanistan along with Taliban militants before sneaking into India through Dhaka,” the prosecutor, advancing the final arguments in the case, said. Tariq from Multan in Pakistan had also undergone training in Afghanistan and sneaked India through Bangladesh, she said.
Their confessional statements were recorded on February 13, 2002, a fortnight after their arrest from Nizamuddin railway station in the Capital.