Staff Reporter

`Pervez was planning to trigger blasts in the Capital"

NEW DELHI: A man allegedly owing allegiance to Pakistan-based militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has been arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi police.

The police said the accused was a carrier of arms, explosives and communication equipment for JeM militants in various parts of the country, including Delhi. They recovered 3 kg of RDX, a detonator, a timer and Rs.10 lakh in cash from him.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Alok Kumar said the accused, identified as Pervez Ahmed Radoo, a resident of Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir, was arrested near Azadpur market on October 14. He was remanded to 14-day police custody for further interrogation.

"We had despatched a team to Jammu and Kashmir, where we were working closely with our counterparts on some of the leads the accused had provided.

``The information about his arrest was withheld to ensure that the investigations in Jammu and Kashmir were not hampered," said Mr. Kumar.

The police said JeM chief in Srinagar, identified as Shergill, had entrusted Pervez with triggering explosions in the Capital on Diwali or Id.

Pervez, they said, had been operating out of Pune. He had come in contact with Ghulam Rasool, a JeM operative from his native place, in 2003. Ghulam had helped him set up a base in Pune from where he would receive hawala money and other equipment and supply them to his contacts in Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi. While Ghulam was killed in an encounter with the Jammu and Kashmir police in April this year, Pervez continued to operate from Pune.

Interrogation of the accused revealed that he had come to Delhi by Golden Temple Express from Mumbai on October 14 evening. The police suspect that the recovered RDX was to be handed over to a module in the Capital, while the cash was to be taken to his contacts in Jammu and Kashmir. The police are yet to trace the contacts of the two alleged militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba held last Monday.

"They have given some information and we are working on that," said Mr. Kumar. They were still on the lookout for modules that were planning to trigger explosions on Diwali.