New Delhi [India], October 2 (ANI): A Delhi court on Monday morning granted 14 days of police custody of three ISIS operatives to the Delhi police’s Special Cell.
Delhi police produced accused Shahnawaz alias Shafi Uzzama and two others before a special judge at his residence.
Shahnawaz was on NIA’s most wanted list, and the agency had declared a reward of Rs 3 lakh on his arrest. These accused were wanted in connection with the Pune ISIS case.
Special judge Hardeep Kaur remanded Mohd Rizwan, Mohd Arshad and Shahnawaz to 14 days’ police custody of Special Cell.
All three accused will now be produced before the court on October 16.
As per police, Shahnawaz was arrested from Jaitpur in South Delhi earlier today. Apart from him, two persons, also carrying bounty on their heads by the National Investigation Agency, were arrested.
Addressing a press briefing, Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) HS Dhaliwal, said, “Last month NIA declared award on three persons who have alleged involvement in blasts cases. Of them, Mohammad Shahnawaz, the main accused, has been arrested with his two associates– Mohammad Rizwan Ashraf and Mohammad Arshad Warsi.”
“Ashraf has been arrested from Lucknow, while Arshad was nabbed from Moradabad,” the police officer added.
Arshad, police said, is a resident of Jharkhand. He studied at Aligarh University and is now pursuing a doctorate from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi.
Dhaliwal said that bomb-making literature, sent from Pakistan-based handlers, and other incriminating materials were recovered from Shahnawaz’s hideouts.
“Several explosives-making materials including, elementary, plastic tubes, and iron pipes, were recovered. (Apart from it) Pistol, cartridges, and bomb-making literature sent from Pak-based handlers, were (also) recovered,” the Special CP (Special Cell) said.
Police said that initial interrogation revealed that these people, conducted elaborate recce in Western Ghats, southern India, including Hubbali, Dharwad, and Ahmedabad in Gujarat to establish their hideouts.
While responding to media queries, Dhaliwal said, “Shahnawaz is a mining engineer from Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology. His wife, Basanti Patel, is converted to Islam and is now known as Mariam.”
Last month, the NIA released pictures of four terror suspects, including that of Shahnawaz, wanted in the Pune ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) module case and declared a reward money of Rs 3 lakh each for credible information on them leading to their arrest. The agency has said that the identity of the informant will be kept confidential.
Shahnawaz was briefly caught by Pune Police on the intervening night of July 17-18 when he was trying to steal a motorcycle in the Kothrud area of Pune.
During the investigation, it had come to light that a foreign-based handler had possibly put Shahnawaz in touch with two other terror operatives with instructions to execute a terror strike