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Alleged Al-Badr militants held in Delhi; arms seized

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Arms consignments frequently received from J&K


  • One of the militants toured the country to expand network
  • Handsome payment made for carrying out explosions

  • NEW DELHI: The Special Cell of the Delhi police has arrested two young men allegedly belonging to the Al Badr terrorist outfit. They were allegedly smuggling in a consignment of arms and explosives from Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. Two kg of RDX, three detonators, two timers and two Chinese pistols were reportedly recovered from them.

    Last month, intelligence agencies tipped off the Special Cell that some Kashmir-based militants had set up a base in the Capital and Irshad Ali aka Deepak, a resident of Sultanpuri in North-West Delhi, was part of the module.

    Investigations revealed that Irshad had been visiting different parts of the country to expand the Al Badr network. The police learnt that Irshad's friend Mohammad Muarif Qamar, a resident of Bhajanpura in North-East Delhi, was also working for the militant outfit. The duo made frequent visits to Jammu and Kashmir to receive consignments of arms and explosives.

    Acting on a specific tip-off that the suspects were on their way back from Jammu with yet another consignment, a team under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Police Sanjeev Yadav laid a trap at Mukarba Chowk and arrested them. Apart from the explosive and firearms, the police recovered an ABCD timer and an AB timer.

    Brother also involved

    During interrogation, Irshad is reported to have said that his elder brother, Naushad, worked for the erstwhile terrorist organisation, Harkat-ul-Ansar (HuA). He was arrested along with the Muslim Mujahideen chief, Bilal Siddiqui and Nadeem of HuA in 1996. They were arrested when they were smuggling in a large quantity of explosives from Bangladesh. The police said in 1996, Naushad and Nadeem had killed a resident of Assam at Jahangirpuri.

    According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Karnal Singh, Irshad used to meet his brother in Tihar Central Jail, where he came in contact with Sajjad, a resident of Srinagar, who motivated him to join militancy to make a quick buck. In 2003, Irshad went to Kashmir along with Sajjad and Sheikh Parvez, who arranged his meeting with the then chief of Al-Badr, Wasim Bari, a Pakistani national who was killed in an encounter with the Army in December last year.

    Wasim directed Irshad to carry out blasts, for which he would be paid handsomely. In 2005, Irshad allegedly received Rs. 90,000 through the Western Union Money Transfer, after which Sajjad and Sheikh Parvez provided him the explosives with the instruction to trigger explosions in the busy market places in Delhi.

    "Irshad and Muarif are childhood friends. Recently, he contacted Irshad for a loan of Rs. 5,000 at which the former offered him Rs. 50,000 if he joined militancy," said Mr. Singh, adding that Muarif was also in regular contact with two Dubai-based gangsters, Fazlu and Sunny.

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