Mumbai Police grill family members of Jaan Mohammed Shaikh, allegedly linked with ‘D-Company’
NEW DELHI — A Delhi Court has sent six suspects, accused of planning terrorist attacks in Maharashtra, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh during the forthcoming festival season, to a fourteen-day police custody, an official said here on Wednesday.
According to the police, the Court granted remand of all the six suspects including Zeeshan Qamar and Mohd Amir Javed who were arrested on Tuesday by the Special Cell of Delhi Police.
On Tuesday, the Delhi Police had said that they have busted a Pakistan-based terror module and arrested six persons, including two people — Zeeshan and Javed — who were trained in Pakistan.
Furnishing details of a multistate operation, a Delhi Police Special Cell official, said that they had received input from the central agencies that a conspiracy was being hatched to conduct terror strikes in major cities of the country.
“On Tuesday morning we concluded this operation by conducting multiple raids in different states,” Special Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, Neeraj Thakur, said at a press briefing.
The first person named Sameer, hailing from Maharashtra, was arrested from Kota while he was travelling in a train. Two others were nabbed in the national capital. Three more people were arrested in Uttar Pradesh after conducted raids conducted in close cooperation with the UP Anti-Terrorist Squad (UP-ATS), he said.
According to Thakur, of the six arrested, two had been taken to Pakistan via Muscat where they were trained to use explosives and firearms, including AK-47. “The training continued for 15 days after which they returned to Muscat. They revealed that during their training in Pakistan, there were also 14-15 Bengali speaking persons in their group,” the special cell official said.
Thakur said that it seems like the terror operation was closely coordinated from across the border. He said the module was divided into two teams.
“One team was given to the underworld which was being coordinated by Dawood Ibrahim’s brother, Anees Ibrahim. Their task was to get the arms from across the border into India and keep them concealed. The second team was asked to arrange funds via Hawala,” the officer said.
The Special Cell informed that one person out of the six arrested was given the task to identify locations in major cities of the country where they could carry out the terror attacks during the forthcoming festival season.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and Mumbai Police have raided and begun grilling the family of the terror suspect Jaan Mohammed Shaikh who was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police.
Shaikh, 47, alias ‘Samir Kaalia’ was nabbed on Tuesday along with five others. The family of Shaikh — who is reportedly linked with the dreaded ‘D-Company’ led by the fugitive mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar — lives in a decrepit tenement in a slum of the Sion area for the past many years.
He is married, his wife does odd jobs in the area and the couple have two daughters. But more details are not available with the ATS and police making enquiries in the vicinity to get more information on him.
Some locals recall him as a quiet driver, devoted to his family and a non-interfering type who kept mostly to himself.
(With inputs from IANS)