Banned terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was planning a terror strike in the capital around the Delhi Assembly elections held on December 4, police claimed on Friday.
The terror attack, which the police claimed was foiled, was allegedly being masterminded by a Pakistan-based LeT commander identified as Javed Baluchi. The LeT militants had planned to target some of the crowded markets in the city, police said.
This disclosure, the police claimed, was made by a “suspected LeT operative” who was arrested from Haryana’s Mewat on December 9 (a day after the counting of the polls) by a team of the special cell of Delhi police.
The arrested accused, one Mohammad Shahid, 31, is said to have been working as a maulavi at a local mosque in Choti Mewli village in Mewat. Shahid was arrested from his home following information that he was allegedly in touch with Baluchi’s close accomplice, who had been asked to plan and execute the attack either during the election campaigns or on the day of polling, said a special cell officer.
Baluchi’s close accomplice, who police say is suspected to be the head of LeT’s Mewat module, is a resident of Mewat and he reportedly runs a madarsa in the same region. As many as five teams of the special cell are looking for him and his three of his aides who were part of the alleged conspiracy.
According to the officer, Shahid’s arrest came following intelligence input received from the central intelligence agencies that Baluchi has been constantly in touch with his close aide in Mewat and they together were conspiring to carry out a terror strike in Delhi.
“The information was further developed and it was learnt that a member of the Mewat module was frequently shuttling between Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan. After collecting evidence to prove his involvement in the conspiracy, Shahid was arrested,” said the senior officer.
Police said during interrogation Shahid disclosed that he had joined the present module of LeT about seven months ago and since then, was being looked after by his by local Mewat based handlers.
“Shahid told us that he had met his immediate handlers at the local mosque. The responsibility entrusted to Shahid was to arrange logistics and communication for the terrorist attack,” the officer said adding, Shahid had never been to Pakistan for any sort of terrorist training.