Fugitive Jaish ‘operative’ held from J&K by Delhi Police special cell
Abdul Majid Baba, an alleged Jaish-e-Mohammad operative, who was convicted by the Delhi High Court in 2013 under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act but had fled instead of surrendering, has been arrested, the Delhi Police said on Tuesday.
The Delhi Police’s special cell, which arrested Baba from Sopore in Jammu & Kashmir on Saturday, said the agency is yet to find any terror involvement of the man after 2013.
The Delhi Police said that in February 2007, it had arrested four alleged JEM operatives: Shahid Gafoor from Pakistan, Bashir Ahmed Ponnu, Fayaz Ahmed Lone and Abdul Majid Baba from Jammu and Kashmir.
“The men were arrested after a brief encounter at Deen Dayal Upadhayay Marg and three kilos of explosive, four detonators, a timer, six hand grenades, one pistol, ₹50,000 and fake US dollar currency notes with a face value of 10,000 were recovered from them,” said Sanjeev Yadav, DCP (special cell).
During interrogation they had revealed that they were active members of JeM and had hatched conspiracy of a terrorist attack in Delhi on the directions of their mentors based in Pakistan, the DCP said.
“Gafoor, who was from Pakistan, further revealed that he had illegally crossed into India twice, in 1998 and in 2002. He remained in Jammu and Kashmir and carried out a ghastly attack on Rashtriya Rifles camp. On August 7, 2013, a court convicted Gafoor and acquitted Ponnu, Lone and Baba. Later, on an appeal against their acquittal, the high court convicted all the three militants, but Ponnu Lone and Baba did not surrender and fled the city,” Yadav said.