Jaish operative tasked to kill Hindu priest held from Delhi hotel

New Delhi, May 17 (IANS): A Jammu and Kashmir resident who was allegedly tasked to kill priest Swami Yati Narsinghanand for Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), has been arrested from a hotel here, the Delhi Police's Special Cell said on Monday.

According to a Special Cell source, John aka Jaan Mohammad Dar, a resident of J&K's Pulwama, was held from his room at the Shiva Hotel in Paharganj area on Sunday evening.

A .30 bore pistol, two magazines, 15 live rounds, an orange-coloured kurta, a piece of 'kalawa' and several other religious items were recoverd from him.

A Special Cell officer said that Dar was arrested in connection with a case registered on April 28 this year. During questioning, he revealed that he has studied up to Class 12 and currently works as a carpenter. It was also found that he was booked by the Jammu and Kahsmir Police for stone pelting in 2016 at the time of death of terrorist Burhan Wani.

The officer said that Dar stated that he had met JeM terrorist named Aabid while roaming in his field in December 2020.

"Aabid informed him that he is from Pakistan-occupied Kashmie and that he is a 'Mujahid' of JeM. Over the period, Aabid and Dar grew a strong bonding as both wanted to fight against the Indian government," the officer said. Though hey again met in April this year, they were frequently in touch with eachother on WhatsApp, he said.

The officer said that in February this year, Dar had came to Delhi for treatment of his nephew who has some heart ailment, and on returning home, told Aabid about it.

"Upon hearing about Dar's visit to Delhi, Aabid assigned him with the task to assassinate Swami Narsinghanand as he committed 'Gustakh-e-Rasool' (insult of the Prophet).

"Aabid also gave weapon handling training to Dar for the purpose of target killing and Rs 6,500," he said, adding that Aabid promised him that he would be paid substantial amount for carrying out the action and also told him that a person, code named Umar would receive him in Delhi.

Revealing the plot, the officer said that Aabid had called Dar to meet in Sangam area of Anantnag in the second week of April and informed that he would have to go to Delhi to kill Yati Narsinghanand whose video were shown to him by Aabid.

"Dar left Jammu and Kashmir on April 23 and after arriving in Delhi, he was in touch with Umar through Telegram." A sum of Rs 35,000 was received in his account in J&K Bank on the day he left.

The officer said that Umar was to arrange his recce and stay in Delhi and also to provide access to Narsinghanand to carry out his killing.

"Dar met Umar in the Jama Masjid area as directed by Aabid. Umar took Dar to one of his hideouts for three days and later shifted him to Shiva Hotel in Paharganj," he said.

The officer further said that Umar also brought the puja items and the orange-coloured clothes as a cover to gain entry in temple.

"Further, he, along with Umar, received the arms consignment from another person on the flyover near his hotel," he added.

Another senior officer of the Special Cell said that the police is trying to arrest Umar and also arranged the gun and ammunition.



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  • Omar, Mysore

    Tue, May 18 2021

    Modi = Main Hindutv ke liye ladd raha hu aur kuch desh drohi Hospitals , Bed , Oxygen Vaccine mang rahe hai 😂😂😂 AndhBhakt likes such news , you would see every communal news now, blast in Kashmir during demonetization and clouds ... Aap chronology dekhe...

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Mon, May 17 2021

    So abrogation of article 370 did not yield any fruit if POK based terrorist can cross over India and radicalize Indian youth in December 2020. How did this youth reach Delhi from Kashmir where people are in house arrest and strict political lock down since Aug 2018. Is this some Perry Mason detective story for attention diversion in Delhi people are posting posters against Modi’s incompetence in handling covid?????....

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  • RSRB, Kundapura / Singapore

    Mon, May 17 2021

    Veer, Nagpur Your comment made sure following points 1. There is no such house arrests in Kashmir 2. Pakistan is spreading terrorism in India 3. There is no political lockdown in Kashmir 4. POK is part of India as per article 370

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Mon, May 17 2021

    One advice to you don’t live in fool’s paradise and hallucinate. Live with reality and make an effort to get facts. There was well functioning people’s elected govt in J& K state assembly till central govt dissolved it in Aug 2018 and imposed president’s rule with heavy security and personnel at every nook and corner of Kashmir and holding people’s representative and innocent people in house arrest till this date. No independent journalist and opposition leaders are allowed to visit Kashmir. FYI, Kashmir has become one big giant prison. POK and abrogation of article 370 has no connection whatsoever.

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  • Alva, Mangalore

    Mon, May 17 2021

    RSRB why do you even explain to thus man. I have been reading articles and comments for long and he is so biased in his opinion. He is like Vicky damaskatte to BJP. Veer is for Congress... right or wrong just support and justify your party

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Tue, May 18 2021

    Veerr Mohammed ..Another diversion is Israel hitting Gaza against Hamas Terror . and an Indian nurse killed by Terror attack . Do you know the meaning of diversion ?

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