Delhi terror plot kingpin held in Srinagar

Delhi terror plot kingpin held in Srinagar

2 May 2010
The Daily Excelsior


JAMMU: In a major breakthrough, police today arrested a militant of Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TuM) outfit, presently working for Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), who was linked to a major terror plot to carry out blasts in busy markets of New Delhi today or tomorrow for which a high alert had been sounded by the Union Home Ministry and an advisory had also been issued by the United States and Australia. The militant was captured from a terror hide-out at Nawa Bazaar in Srinagar City before he could reach New Delhi to execute the plan along with some other associates, reportedly camping in the Union Capital. The militant, who was part of a big module of LeT for carrying out strikes in the national capital, has been identified as Omar Zargar son of Ghulam Nabi Zargar, a resident of Nawa Bazaar. A satellite telephone, which is generally given by Pakistan Army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to top commanders, has been recovered from the possession of Omar Zargar. Arrest of Zargar was a major success of Kashmir Police as it has thwarted a major plot of LeT to carry out serial blasts in New Delhi for which even the Union Home Ministry had sounded a very high alert and advised the people to restrict their movement. Immediately after his arrest, Zargar was whisked away to an unknown location by the police for sustained interrogation. During preliminary questioning, Zargar is reported to have confessed that he had to depart for New Delhi yesterday as per directions of the Lashkar outfit. He was told that a person, whose identity had not been disclosed to him, will hand over explosives to him in the vehicle enroute Jammu to New Delhi. He had to plant explosive devices in busy markets of New Delhi to trigger blasts. Sources said simultaneously one or two more militants, who had been camping in New Delhi, had to plant explosives in other markets. The Lashkar plot was aimed at engineering serial blasts in busy markets of New Delhi, sources said, adding the plot has been thwarted with the arrest of Zargar. On the basis of sustained questioning of the arrested militant, police was hopeful of making more arrests and effecting some recoveries. Delhi Police has already been sounded by Jammu and Kashmir Police on the arrest of Zargar. Sources said Zargar had ring up a top Lashkar commander and sought instructions before leaving for New Delhi. However, he was arrested by police before he could leave for New Delhi to fulfill nefarious designs of his outfit and the mentors. According to sources, Zargar was an active stone pelter and had rather become a ring leader of stone pelters for the past some time. This has further established the police claim that stone pelting in the Kashmir Valley had backing of the militants. Zargar used to mobilize the youth for stone pelting. It may be mentioned here that only yesterday, the United States had warned that the militants could strike in New Delhi in a big way during next two days. The US followed by Australia had issued advisories to their citizens to avoid visiting the Indian capital for some days. The Union Home Ministry had also sounded a very high alert and stepped up security in the entire capital City to thwart terror strikes.


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