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‘Terror suspect’ held: Delhi police ask NIA to join probe

A day after a Pakistan-based terror suspect was arrested by the Delhi Police Particular Cell from East Delhi, police mentioned they’ve written to the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) to affix the probe. The person, Mohd Ashraf Ali, was arrested Monday evening from Laxmi Nagar’s Ramesh Park the place he was allegedly residing below a false identify.

On Wednesday, police mentioned they’re investigating his position in terror strikes and bombing circumstances in Delhi and Kashmir from 2009-2017. A senior police officer mentioned an NIA workforce, which was investigating the 2011 Delhi Excessive Courtroom bombing case, has interrogated him to establish his position within the case: “Ali has recognized one of many convicts within the bombing case and mentioned he labored with him. We spoke to NIA and their officers interrogated Ali.”

DCP (Particular Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah mentioned, “He got here to India in 2004-05 from Pakistan and was a sleeper cell. He was residing below the identify Ali Ahmed Noori in Delhi and labored as a ‘peer maulana’. He claimed he was concerned in bombing circumstances, however we now have to confirm such claims. There’s no proof to hyperlink him.”

The Particular Cell obtained inputs about Ali two months in the past and a workforce led by ACP Lalit Mohan Negi discovered him hiding in Ramesh Park on Monday evening. Police suspect the accused was allegedly planning an assault throughout the festive season. He was allegedly educated by the ISI in Pakistan earlier than he got here to India.

DCP Kushwah mentioned Ali befriended a maulana and allegedly used his contacts to obtain cash from his handlers to not increase suspicion.

On his disclosure, police claimed to have recovered an AK-47 rifle, a hand grenade, two pistols and ammunition from his hideouts within the metropolis. Police additionally discovered that the weapons, particularly pistols and ammunition, had been smuggled from the Indo-Pak border and made in China.

In the meantime, residents at Ramesh Park recognized Ali however refused to discuss him. A shopkeeper who didn’t want to be named mentioned, “I had no concept his identify was Ashraf. He shifted right here lately and would usually come to the store. I feel he labored close to a manufacturing unit. I didn’t know he was a ‘peer maulana’.”

Ali’s former landlord at Shastri Park, the place he lived 10-12 years in the past, fears police motion. His son Uzaib Ahmed (23) mentioned, “My father, Nasir, received scared after he noticed the news. Ali got here right here 10-12 years in the past and lived right here for a yr. My father informed me Ali labored at Ramesh Park. He wasn’t a ‘peer maulana’ then; we didn’t know that he was from Pakistan. He requested my father to assist him get a ration and Aadhaar card. After he received his ID, he left in two-three months. We by no means heard from him once more…”

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