New Delhi, May 5: The operation that led to the arrest of Jaish-e-Mohammad operatives in Delhi was a well coordinated one by the Intelligence Bureau and the Delhi Police.
For several months now the IB was on the trail of three persons, Sajid, Shaikh and Sameer who were planning on targeting crowded areas in the national capital.
It was the arrest of these three persons which led to the trail of ten others who were also picked up by the Special Cell of the Delhi police yesterday. The police say that this module was meant to carry out attacks in India at the behest of the Jaish-e-Mohammad and would have assumed the role of a home grown outfit.
Inspired by Azhar
The arrested trio said that among the terrorist outfits they had a leaning towards the Jaish-e-Mohammad. This outfit headed by Maulana Masood Azhar has been responsible for the Parliament and Pathankot attacks.
During the questioning of the trio they said that they were a group of like minded youth who were inspired by Azhar.
They would meet every week at their home and discuss plots apart from watching the speeches of Azhar online. They began this exercise two years back and over the next couple of months they managed to rope in many more like minded youth into their fold.
Further they said that they managed to get in touch with a Jaish-e-Mohammad operative by the name Yusuf who had become their handler. The Jaish-e-Mohammad wanted them to carry out attacks primarily in Delhi and nearby locations.
The Jaish-e-Mohammad which has been under the scanner following the Pathankot attack found it feasible to have a home grown outfit, the Delhi Police also say.