To be more specific, Shaqoor would be overseeing the work of three sharp shooters assigned for the work by the terror outfits.
Interestingly, the key suspect Shaqoor has been part of the IM for the past five years, but there are no available details about him. According to a rediff.com report, his name cropped up only when he was spotted targetting youth participants in Uttar Pradesh, ahead of Modi's Gorakhpur rally.
Details about him also emerged during the Patna serial blasts in 2013 where he is believed to have been involved with IM operative Tehsin Akhtar, who was the mind behind the blasts.
Shaqoor is also said to have connections with Abu Faisal, an operative from the Students Islamic Movement of India, who had escaped jail in Madhya Pradesh on Oct 1, 2013, but was rearrested on December 24. It is said that he is connected with the outfits to assist the assassination.
A team has been sent to Nepal as the IB suspects that the sharp shooters, belonging to Pakistan may enter India from there. However, some inputs suggest that the Lashkar may also order International Sikh Youth Federation to carry out the job, even though it has nothing against Modi. It is, however, believed that they may be ready to do the job as ISI had given them shelter.
Interrogating Yasin Bhatkal also confirms the plot, but he could not provide fresh inputs, suggesting that the ploy was designed after his arrest.