4 with suspected JeM links released

4 with suspected JeM links released

Four men detained for suspected links with banned Pakistani terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed were released on Saturday after the investigators failed to find “enough evidence” against them.

They were questioned at the headquarters of Delhi Police’s Special Cell. The 4 were among 12 suspects held from Delhi, NCR and UP’s Saharanpur district on May 3. It was charged that they were assembling improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at their hideout in east Delhi’s New Mustafabad.

Only 3 of them, Mohammad Sajid, Sameer Ahmad and Shakir Ansari had been officially arrested and produced in court. They were remanded to police custody.

“We have finished questioning and found that the 4 men are ready for counselling. Most others may be allowed to go soon,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah.

Three of the men released are from north east Delhi’s Chand Bagh, while the 4th is from Loni in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district. They were allowed to leave Special Cell police station at 4 pm. They were accompanied by family members and lawyer M S Khan.

On Saturday, Islamic organisation Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind’s Abdul Raziq also spent some time counselling them in the presence of a police team. The organisation is also arranging financial and legal assistance for the detained men.

In a statement, Raziq said that the men had nothing to do with JeM.  Police have also requested Raziq to counsel the other detained men, as he is a psychiatrist who also counselled 2002 Gujarat riot victims in the past. Sources said that those released would also be kept under the observation of certain NGOs.

Meanwhile, some police teams are currently in western UP in search of more IEDs and explosives. In this regard, an FIR under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act is registered with the Special Cell police.

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