Jaish militant did recce of Doval’s office: Report

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The arrested militant of Jaish-e-Mohammad had gone to New Delhi via a flight, recorded a video of the office of National Security Advisor (NSA), including the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) security details, and passed it on through WhatsApp to his Pakistan-based handler, reported Hindustan Times.

The newspaper quoted unnamed sources families with the matter said that JeM-affiliated militant Hidayat-Ullah Malik, who was arrested on 6 February, that he told interrogators that he went to New Delhi on 24 May 2019 and then returned to Kashmir in a bus.

As per the report, he also admitted to the interrogators in Jammu and Kashmir Police that he conducted reconnaissance of the Samba Sector border area in the summer of 2019, along with Sameer Ahmad Dar, who was later arrested on 21 January 2020 for his involvement with the 2019 Pulwama militant attack.

According to details accessed by the newspaper, Malik provided a Hyundai Santro car for a suicide attack in May 2020, and confessed that he and three other Jaish  militants — Irfan Thokar, Umar Mushtaq and Rayees Mustafa — looted 60 lakh rupees from a J-K Bank cash van in Shopian on November 2020.

Following this, the security at NSA Ajit Doval’s office and residence has been beefed up.

A case — FIR number 15/2021 under Section 18 and 20 UAP Act — has been registered against Malik at the Gangyal police station in Jammu.

Malik, who was formerly associated with JeM and later established a new outfit Lashkar-e-Mustafa, was arrested earlier this month in Jammu, and arms and ammunition were found in his possession.

Unidentified officials told the newspaper that Malik told interrogators extensively about his background – that he joined the Hizbul Mujahideen on 31 July 2019; worked as an over-ground worker for the Jaish before that; shifted to Jaish in February 2020; and then raised a front group in August that year.

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