A 24-year-old Muslim man was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad which said he had been tasked by terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) to eliminate Nupur Sharma, controversial BJP politician following her derogatory remarks on the prophet Muhammed.
Mohammad Nadeem from Saharanpur has been booked for waging or attempting to wage a war against the government and under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
The UP ATS claimed that they received information through security agencies that a youth in Saharanpur had been influenced by terror groups, including JeM, and was planning attacks. Nadeem was detained for questioning and his cellphone was scanned.
“During a preliminary inquiry of Nadeem’s cellphone, police found a PDF document – Explosive course Fidae Force. Police also recovered voice message and voice chat of Nadeem with members of JeM and other terror organisation,” read a press note by ATS.
ATS also claimed that during questioning, Nadeem admitted that he was in touch with members of JeM and other militant organisations through social media including WhatsApp.
ATS ADG Naveen Arora said police have names and details of Nadeem’s contacts in India. “Suspicious contacts will be questioned and action will be initiated against those found involved,” he said.