27th October 1997
NEW DELHI: Three Pakistan-trained Kashmiri terrorists owing allegiance to a terrorist outfit named Taharik-ul-Mujjah idin (TUM) were arrested by the Special Cell sleuths yesterday. According to the police, the TUM outfit enjoys the support of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan.
The trio were, reportedly on a mission to spread terror in the Capital by planting bombs at sensitive locations. About one-and-half kilogram of Research Developed Explosive (RDX) was recovered from their possession.
The three terrorists in their 20s have been identified as Mohammad Shafi Dhobi alias Yusuf Khan, Abdul Rashid Najjar alias Maqbool and Abdul Ahad Bhatt alias Mohammad Yunuf Bhatt were arrested near a Safdarjung Enclave guest house. The three were staying in the guest house under false names and had told the manager that they were businessmen from Kashmir on a business-trip to the Capital.
According to the police, the three were sent on a 'Delhi Mission' by Latif Mota alias Nawazish, a senior leader of TUM. Abdul Ahad and Abdul Rashid were staying in Kathmandu before coming to Delhi. They were brought to Delhi on Oct. 23 by Mohammad Shafi. The mission was to carry out a series of blasts and spread panic on the eve of Diwali
The trio were planning to shift to another guest house when they were
apprehended by a team of
Special Cell officers. They were, reportedly, waiting for Nawazish to reach Delhi. He was supposed to supply them with the timers and detonators which were to be used in the bombs.
On interrogation, Mohammad Shafi told the police that in January 1990, he had crossed over to Pakistan along with 40 boys to get them trained in handling weapons and explosives. They were trained for six months in Illaqua Gair, a training centre run by ISI and located in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
During their training they were taught to handle weapons of all sorts like, AK-47s, grenades and rocket launchers. After completion of their training they were sent to various cities of Pakistan to collect donations from people on the plea of atrocities committed on Kashmiri Muslims by the Indian Army.
Mohammad Shafi returned to Kashmir in Dec. 1990 and carried out subversive
activities in the Valley for two years. In 1992, he was sent to Kathmandu
and he set up a carpet business by the name of Asian Carpets there. He
was assigned the job of giving shelter to Kashmiri militants and help them
cross over to India at the Sanoli border. According to the police, Mohammad
Shafi had escorted at least a dozen
militants in crossing over to India. He also, reportedly played a vital role in sending abroad Javed Karwa, one of the prime suspects in the Lajpat Nagar, Central Market bomb blast case that took place
in May last year. He came to Delhi in August this year to establish a base for Kashmiri terrorists in the Capital. Abdul Ahad had joined the TUM in 1993 before which he had worked for several other outfits like
JKLF, Al-Umer and HUM. He has carried out at least 20 attacks in various parts of the Valley. Abdul Rashid, who had joined TUM in 1994, had received explosives training at Dhani in PoK. He was to go to Pakistan after completing his 'Delhi Mission'.