Mustakeem Khan alias Abu Yusuf, allegedly planning to perform a “lone wolf” terror strike within the capital, was arrested in Delhi on Friday night time after a short alternate of fireside with a Delhi police team.
“Khan was taken to his village on Saturday night by a Delhi Police team after he was remanded in police custody by a court docket there,” a senior officer of the Anti-Terrorist Squad of UP police advised in Lucknow.
The accused was taken to his village to confirm his varied claims from his kinfolk and neighbours in his village, he mentioned.
Following communication from the Delhi Police of its intention to take the accused to his village, a UP ATS team had swooped on the village earlier within the day and cordoned it off to limit the entry of outsiders to stop any bother within the space, mentioned the UP police officer.
During enquiries within the village, it transpired that Khan had left his village for Lucknow two days in the past on the pretext of getting one in all his kinfolk handled there, he added.
But it couldn’t be ascertained how he reached the nationwide capital the place he was arrested on Friday night time from the central Delhi’s Ridge Road space, he mentioned.
Khan was present in possession with two stress cooker IEDs which have been “fully ready” and simply wanted to be activated with a timer, the Delhi Police had mentioned earlier on the day after securing his police custody for eight days from a court docket there.
Khan’s kinfolk within the village feigned ignorance on how he reached Delhi regardless of saying he was going to Lucknow, the ATS officer added.
He mentioned the accused was taken to his village, in addition to another locations, and was intensively questioned.
The Delhi police team additionally requested about Khan’s antecedent from a number of of his kinfolk and neighbours in his village, the official mentioned.
“During the enquiries, it transpired that nearly eight years ago, he had left the village to work in Mumbai but he came back after he got injured there in an accident,” the official mentioned.
“Around four years ago, he had opened a cosmetic shop here which he ran briefly,” the official mentioned.
A significant terror strike was averted with the arrest of Khan from Central Delhi’s Ridge Road space after a short alternate of fireside, Delhi Police officers mentioned earlier on Saturday.
A suspected ISIS operative, Khan was present in possession with two stress cooker IEDs which have been “fully ready” and simply wanted to be activated with a timer, mentioned Delhi police.
The Delhi Police mentioned Khan was on police radar for over a 12 months. He was planning to perform a “lone wolf” strike at a excessive footfall space within the nationwide capital, it mentioned.
Khan had deliberate to strike within the nationwide capital on August 15, however couldn’t achieve this due to heavy safety preparations, Delhi’s Special Cell Deputy Commissioner of Police P S Kushwah had mentioned.
Security was stepped up within the nationwide capital and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh following the arrest.