Six suspects still under the scanner; no clean chit yet

In this May 4, 2016 photo, onlookers gather outside Sajid's residence, suspected to be Jaish-e-Mohammed sympathiser, who was arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell in a late night raid on May 3, at Chand Bagh in East Delhi. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty  

By releasing them on Sunday evening, the Delhi Police may have offered a breather to six terror suspects detained a few days ago, but their woes are still far from over.

According to senior police officers, the role of these six suspects is still under the scanner and they have not yet been given a clean chit.

“We have not gathered any direct scientific evidence against these six persons, but they will be called for questioning as and when they find mention in our interrogation of the three arrested suspects,” Arvind Deep, Special CP (Special Cell), said on Monday.

Not surprisingly then, the six youths visited the Special Cell office in Lodhi Road on Monday, spending much of the day answering questions even as their family members back home silently waited for their return.

Police sources said that as of now, these six youths were found to have attended indoctrinated sessions conducted by the prime accused Sajid.

“Though we have no evidence of any terror activities against them, arrest of one or more of these six suspects cannot be ruled out,” said a senior officer.

Four other suspects, however, have been issued a clean chit. They were released on Saturday but are being made to undergo counselling by psychologists and religious leaders. The other six too will be provided counselling once they are given a clean chit by investigators.

Meanwhile, the police on Monday claimed they have collected more “scientific evidence” against the three arrested suspects who are currently in a 10-day police custody.

Online presence

The police alleged that Sajid, one of the alleged Jaish-e-Mohammed (Jem) operatives arrested by the Special Cell, had been using his Facebook account to keep in touch with top JeM commanders in Pakistan.

Sajid allegedly used JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar’s photograph as his display picture and browsed online materials about Jihad and Maulana Tarik Jameel, a Pakistani religious and Islamic scholar and preacher.

“Sajid gradually began liking and sharing inflammatory remarks, pictures and videos shared on Facebook. It was then that his online activities drew the attention of Indian intelligence agencies officials who put his account on surveillance,” said an investigator.

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