LeT operative Abdul Subhan arrested in Delhi
NEW DELHI: Delhi Police have arrested a top
Lashker-e-Taiba operative who was allegedly involved in indoctrination and
recruitment of youths and planning and execution of terror strikes across the
Abdul Subhan was arrested from Sarai Kale Khan bus
stand earlier last week and was subjected to interrogation during which he
spoke about “brain washing” of youths from Rajasthan, Haryana and Bihar,
official sources said. His name had surfaced during the probe and questioning
of two accused persons Mohammad Shahid and Qari Rashid, both residents of Mewat
district in Haryana.
They had named Subhan as prime motivator who conducted
recruitment on behalf of Lashker-e-Taiba, the sources said, adding a massive
manhunt had been launched for his arrest. The sources said dots were joined and
it was found that in 2013 a known Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist of Pakistan had
been in communication with certain Rajasthan and Haryana phone numbers and a
conspiracy to commit a terrorist strike in the national capital was being
The caller of this number had been frequenting Delhi,
after which a massive manhunt was launched which led to the arrest of Subhan
(42) who hails from village Gumat Bihari in Mewat district. His arrest and
subsequent investigations into the case helped Delhi Police and central
security agencies unravel the designs of terror outfit Lashker-e-Taiba to carry
out strikes in Delhi, its adjoining areas and other parts of the country.
Subhan was not a new name in the terror history of the
country. He was earlier arrested for carrying an arms consignment of RDX, AK 56
rifles, pistols, detonators, timers and ammunitions in a truck to Patan
district in Gujarat. He was subsequently arrested by CBI officials.
He was subsequently sentenced by a court to 10 years
in jail. However, Subhan’s good behaviour led to his release in 2010 from
Sabarmati jail after completing eight years in prison. Following his release,
Subhan allegedly became deadlier and his stay in jail had also enriched his
experience in the terror world.
He allegedly managed to motivate and recruit
like-minded persons from his region into the cause of terror at the behest of
his Pakistan-based mentors of LeT. Subhan visited mosques and religious
congregations in his region and at the right time, he would introduce his
identity as a hard core LeT terrorist and, with his charisma, successfully
induct the susceptible into the terror outfit, the sources alleged.
During his earlier days, Subhan was closely associated
Abdal alias Aftab Ahmed, a history-sheeter of Varanasi (who is at present in a
Kolkata jail as he was deported from Dubai for his involvement in the shootout
outside American Centre in Kolkata) and Asif Raza Khan alias Zaheer who was
killed in an encounter with police.