Investigations following the arrest of three men suspected of having set up an Islamic State-inspired jihadist group plotting to carry out bomb strikes have revealed they were planning to visit Pakistan, said sources Thursday. They had been invited by the their handlers to meet them before executing a Pathankot-like attack in India, the sources added.
Sources in the Special Cell said they have conversation records of WhatsApp and social media between the main suspect, Muhammad Sajid, and Jaish-e-Muhammad handlers in Pakistan.
He was in contact with a cyber entity code named ‘Talha’, who had instructed him to come to Pakistan, said sources.
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Since Shakir Ansari, another suspect held in the case, already had a passport, Sajid asked him to go first, said sources. Sajid met Ansari two years ago when the latter was working in a shoe showroom in south Delhi, the sources added. Police are analysing call records of the three and data from a pen drive is being extracted, said a source. Police have also arrested Sameer, a Class VIII dropout, in the case.