December 2017 News

NIA Arrests Man With LeT Links, Suspects Him To Be Terrorist Nayeem's Aide

9 December 2017
India Today
Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested Tauseef Ahmed Malik, 25 years from Pulwama. This is the second arrest in the crucial pan India terror plot by Hafiz Saeed led Lashkar E Taiba (LeT) in the country. Ahmed was apprehended after raids were carried by special operations group (SoG) of the Jammu Kashmir police. NIA top officers confirmed that 'the arrest has been done with the assistance of J&K police.' Earlier, NIA had arrested Nayeem alias Sohail of Aurangabad in this case. The man now referred to by Media as Headley-2 with terror targets being identified in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. Nayeem even recorded videos of Army camps, power plants and Israeli tourist in India. Nayeem, who was arrested last month, spilled beans to agency sleuths about the role of Tauseef in LeT. Tauseef according to anti terror probe agency was in touch with LeT terrorists operating in militancy prone Pulwama. Both the accused, Tauseef and Nayeem had been in touch since March 2017 with the latter visiting Tauseef in his home town of Pulwama. He further deepened his contact by staying with LeT terrorists for 3 months. Two mobile phones have been seized from Tauseef. The accused was later produced in the court of Pulwama which granted his transit remand for four days. The accused will be brought to Delhi and produced before the NIA Special Court at Patiala House. Nayeem also has been associated with Pakistan based Lashkar commander Amzad alias Rehan who ensured funds from UAE route for setting up Lashkar bases in different parts of the country.