A Pakistani terrorist arrested in Delhi yesterday recovered 10 spots in the capital and regularly sent details to his handlers in Pakistan, police sources said today, adding that details were obtained from his interrogation. Mohammad Ashraf has complained to the police that he had conducted a survey in the Delhi High Court before the 2011 blasts.
He further revealed that he tracked the movements of army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir and changed his phone number regularly to stay under the radar.
According to Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana, Mohammad Ashraf (0), who was arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell, was planning a major terrorist attack during the festive season.
His interrogation will reveal whether he was involved in a terrorist attack in Delhi or any other city, police said.
In addition to the High Court, Ashraf has surveyed other major places like Kashmir Gate, India Gate, Old Delhi Police Headquarters, Red Fort and Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) and sent details to his Pakistani handlers.
Ashraf “could not enter the Delhi police headquarters properly” because he was not allowed to roam around the scene, he told investigators.
He was also involved in tracking the movements of troops and their vehicles in Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
Sources said he kept in touch with his family in Pakistan.
“The handlers of ISI (Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence) sent him pictures of his target and location. They also gave him information about the supply of arms but he was never aware of the sender and receiver of the shipment,” they added.
He changes his number every six months to avoid identification and rarely uses WhatsApp or messaging to communicate with his handlers.
Asraf, a resident of the Punjab province of Pakistan, was held from Lakshmi Nagar in East Delhi. Police found an AK-47 rifle, a grenade and a pistol in his possession.
Sources said he received a fake national identity card from the sarpanch of a village in Bihar.
He complained to the police that he first went to Bangladesh and then traveled to Kolkata in West Bengal and entered India. He visited Ajmer Sharif, where he met the people of Bihar with whom he had visited their village. “In Bihar, he gained the confidence of a sarpanch and received his Indian national identity card from him,” the source said.
According to the police, Ashraf had been living in the country for 1 year using fake documents.
He is a resident of Narowal in Punjab, Pakistan and was recruited by ISI after passing 10th class.