New Delhi: Intensifying its crackdown on Lashker-e-Taiba terror group, security agencies on Thursday arrested one more person from Jharkhand in connection with the foiled terror attack in Delhi, raising the number of those
apprehended to three.
Tawseef Ahmad Pir (22), cousin of main accused Athesham Malik (24), who underwent arms training in Pakistan, was picked up from Hazaribagh last night and placed under arrest this morning, police said.
Another person wanted in the case, Muzamil Amin Dar alias Usman has managed to give a slip to Jammu and Kashmir police, they said.
Briefing reporters in Delhi, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arun Kampani said Pir, a resident of Sopore in North Kashmir, was to go to Pakistan for training and was aware of the plans of Malik striking in Delhi.
While Kampani refused to divulge the place, sources in the police said that Malik was to plant an explosive in the cloth market of Chandni Chowk before heading back to Srinagar on March five.
The sources said recoveries made from Athesham, who had undergone a training in December 2011 in Pakistan, were material for fabrication of IED, including wires, flash powder used in crackers and sulphuric acid.
Malik was planning to fabricate an IED and plant it in cloth market of Chandni chowk and the possible explosion could have resulted in reducing the place to ashes, they said. They said no explosives were found on Pir and he is being brought to Delhi on transit remand.
Malik, son of Farooq Malik of Badam Bagh Sopore, had been living in Ranchi for the last three years along with his mother who hails from the same place.
A laboratory technician, Malik was earlier associated with Lashker in Sopore and was arrested in 2007 along with two others. Shafaqat Ali Tuggu (23), who was arrested along with Malik, is a B Tech degree holder.
Delhi Police had yesterday said it had foiled a major terror attack with the arrest of two LeT operatives who had planned to trigger explosions in crowded localities in the
next few days.
Police had said that the attacks were "very imminent" and both the arrested, whose identity was withheld, were Indian citizens, one of whom was trained in Pakistan in bomb-making and using weapons.
Father of Malik -- Farooq -- has built a house at Pabra village in the Pelawal police station area of Hazaribagh district and named it as "Kashmir House", where his wife and Peer stay, but Farooq has not visited the house for over two years, he said.
Kampani said ammunition was recovered from the terrorists arrested in DelhiPolice also seized five mobile phones and memory cards showing exclusive videos of their training in Pakistan.
Malik`s passport with recent history of travelling to Pakistan has been seized, he said.