The Delhi Police had confiscated AK-47 rifles, a grenade, pistols and other items from the 40-year-old Pakistani terrorist’s possession.
- Suspected terrorist Mohd Ashraf, a resident of Naroval in Pakistan’s Punjab province, was arrested in Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar area on Monday
- Mohd Ashraf revealed that he was involved in several other terror activities throughout the country
- The revelation clearly shows Pakistan’s role in all terrorist acts committed in India, said a source
New Delhi: A suspected Pakistan terrorist arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police in the national capital on Monday has admitted to being involved in the 2011 blast at the Delhi High Court that killed 11 people, reports said on Wednesday.
News agency IANS mentioned the source privy to the investigation as confirming that the arrested Pakistani national, identified as Mohammad Ashraf alias Ali Ahmed Noorie, had inspected the Delhi High Court before the blast in 2011. His involvement in the execution of the blast, however, has yet to be determined.
“During interrogation when a photograph of an accused in the 2011 Delhi High Court blast was shown to him, he disclosed that he had done a recce of the High Court. However, his involvement in the blast cannot be stated clearly. It will be clarified on further investigation. There is no evidence as of now,” sources told another news agency ANI.
Apart from the terrorist attack in Delhi, Mohd Ashraf revealed that he was involved in several other terror activities throughout the country, including in Jammu and Kashmir.
During the interrogation, Ashraf reportedly admitted that he was involved in the 2009 attack on a bus station in Jammu. The attack was carried out on the orders of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan.
The revelation clearly shows Pakistan’s role in all terrorist acts committed in India, said the source.
At around 9 pm on Monday, suspected terrorist Mohd Ashraf, a resident of Naroval in Pakistan’s Punjab province, was arrested in Delhi’s crowded Laxmi Nagar area. The Special Cell had earlier stated that the ISI had trained this terrorist in 2004 for at least six months in Sialkot, Pakistan. He successfully entered India through the Bangladesh border located in Siliguri, West Bengal, in the same year.
Since then, he has been living in India as a sleeper cell. Upon entering India, he became friends with a Maulvi at a local Masjid in Rajasthan’s Ajmer, and accompanied this Maulvi to Delhi in 2006.
“His every action was on ISI’s instructions,” reported sources. He also confessed to supplying arms and ammunition to terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir several times.
Ashraf had also recced the Police Headquarters (Old Police Headquarters) located at ITO in Delhi. “He revealed that he has done a lot of recces but not much information could be gained as he was not allowed to stop outside the police headquarters for much duration. He had also done a recce of ISBT and information was sent to Pakistani handlers,” ANI cited sources as saying.
The recce was done at India Gate as well as the Red Fort, Ashraf stated. He said he conducted recces at 10 locations, said sources.
“In the interrogation, he said that VIP areas were not among the targets as casualty would have been less. All these recce were done a few years ago. He has not revealed as yet the places where he wanted to undertake a terrorist operation,” they added.
The Pakistani ISI had ordered the accused terrorist to carry out terror attacks in India during this festive season.
An earlier operation conducted by the Special Cell of Delhi Police on September 14 busted a Pakistan-based terror module, arresting seven suspected terrorists, two of whom were trained by the ISI.
These terrorists also planned to carry out terror attacks during this festive season. All the suspects are presently in police custody.