NEW DELHI: Another Kashmiri youth, Taufeeq Ahmed Peer, was arrested by a joint team of Central Intelligence Agencies and the Delhi police from Hazaribagh in Jharkhand on Thursday for his alleged link with the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) module, preparing to carry out serial blasts in Delhi.
Peer (20) is the cousin of Ehtesham Malik, who was arrested along with Shafaqat on Wednesday, for being part of the LeT’s module assigned to trigger bomb blasts in Delhi. The police have recovered incriminating materials, IEDs, five mobile phones and memory cards showing exclusive videos of their training in Pakistan.
According to the police, Peer had come to Hazaribagh about a month ago and was staying with Malik.
The two brothers were reportedly involved in the plot to bomb Delhi, which was being directed by the LeT’s operatives based in Pakistan. Sources said that they were in touch with the LeT through emails, Skype and mobile phones. Investigations revealed that Malik’s father Farooq worked with the Jammu and Kashmir Government. He had built a house in Hazaribagh and named it ‘Kashmir House’ as his wife belonged to the local Pabra village.
For the last two years, Malik was spending most of his time in Hazaribagh as his father had asked him to remain out of the valley because of his growing links with local jihadi elements. His parents were worried after Sopore’s district police arrested him for links with LeT’ sympathisers in 2007.
The police said Peer had planned to travel to Pakistan to receive armed training.