The Special cell of Delhi Police on Wednesday told a Delhi court that suspected IS operative Mohsin Ibrahim Sayyed, arrested for allegedly conspiring to carry out a terror strike during the Ardh Kumbh Mela at Hardwar, had come in contact with Syria-based IS terrorist Yusuf Al Hindi.
The special cell told additional sessions judge Reetesh Singh that Sayyed was allegedly in contact with Yusuf Al Hindi through his friend Ayaz Sultan, a resident of Mumbai.
The police said that Sultan left for Afghanistan in December 2015 to join the IS. They also said that during the interrogation of Sayyed, it was revealed that he delivered money to accused Akhlakur Rehman and his associates, who in turn delivered him SIM cards, mobile phones and arranged for a rented accommodation.
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“Sayyed also delivered money to accused persons which he had recovered from Lucknow on the instruction of Yusuf. After he left his house he visited several states in India on the instruction of Yusuf,” the police told the court.
They added that Sayyed would now be taken to Muzaffarnagar, Agra and Lucknow in connection with the investigation.
The police have said that four other arrested co-accused had said during interrogation that they came in contact with Yusuf through Facebook and other chat platforms and he had motivated them to propagate violent ‘jihad’ in India.
“Yusuf tasked them to cause a blast in a train going to Hardwar or during Ardh Kumbh Mela there. For this purpose, the accused collected explosive material, received money to procure explosive materials, purchased SIM cards and mobiles and conducted recce in Haridwar,” the police said.
The court sent the accused to police custody till February 20. The other co-accused — Akhlakur Rehman, Mohd Osama, Mohd Azeemushan and Mohd Mehraz were also produced in court and remanded in judicial custody.
Meanwhile, five other accused — Maulana Mohd Abdul Rehman Kasmi, Abdul Sami, Mohd Asif, Zafar Masood and Syed Anzar Shah — were produced in court and the Special Cell of Delhi Police said they would be remanded in judicial custody as the probe was on. The accused will be in judicial custody till March 8.