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CJM grants 4 days remand; Mehraj confesses of being Dawood, ISI man
Probe into arrest of Kandhar hijacker
9/15/2012 12:04:27 AM
Asif Iqbal Naik
KISHTWAR, Sept 14: As Kishtwar police moves ahead with interrogation of Mehraj-ud-Din, prime suspect in infamous Kandhar hijacking in 1999, more revelation comes forward regarding the activities of Pakistani top spy agency ISI and key members of underworld against India.
According to the sources, during questioning with Kishtwar police, the key suspect in IC-814 hijacking spilled beans about ISI terror plots and his links with underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim and his men. Sources said that Mehraj-ud-Din is expert in making most advance timer bomb and plays an important role in providing training to newly recruited youths in making bombs.
Sources said that Mehraj-ud-Din helps militant organization in making several timer bombs used to carry out number of terror strikes across India. Sources said that Mehraj-ud-Din remained closely associated with Dawood Ibrahim and his brother Anees Ibrahim and worked for them for at least 2 years. Sources said that Mehraj-ud-Din was considered as Dawood's right hand man and remain in constant touch with him even after he left Pakistan and started living in Nepal with Hindu name.
Sources said that Mehraj-ud-Din, father of four children remained present during July 2005 marriage ceremony of Dawood Ibrahim's daughter Mahrufkh with Junaid son of Pakistani Cricketer Javed Miandad at five star hotel in Dubai and played an important role in accommodating Dawood's guest including some India. Sources further said that Mehraj-ud-Din also attended the post marriage party of Dawood Ibrahim's daughter in Karachi which was attended by top Pakistani politicians and bureaucrats.
Sources said that as per the confessional statement of the accused, Dawood Ibrahim is still in Pakistan (Karachi) and mostly remain confined inside his residence where Dawood Ibrahim has all the luxurious facilities needed by him. Sources said that during his stay in Karachi, top ISI officials' often visit his residence.
Sources said that Dawood hardly moves outside his residence in Karachi. Sources said that during his close relationship with Dawood Ibrahim, Mehraj-ud-Din remains the head of hawala racket run by the "D Company" in gulf countries. Sources said that Mehraj-ud-Din cross over to Pakistan 11 times during his 13-14 year stay in Nepal. Kishtwar police during his search recovered fake Indian election Identity Card, fake Pakistani passport, some Indian currency and diary from his position.
Sources said that Mehraj-ud-Din during all these years develop good relationships with various Pakistani/gulf countries diplomats and custom officers, beside with some influential people in India. Sources said that with the help of his good office; accused Mehraj-ud-Din use to sent arms and ammunition across the Indian border without any checking. Sources did not rule out that the accused Mehraj-ud-Din might have good connections within few corrupt security personnels who might have helped him in achieving his desired targets.
Sources said that in order to gain his sympathies, Mehraj-ud-Din informed the Interrogators that he had faded up with Pakistani ISI who sidelines him after he (Mehraj-ud-Din) became useless for them due his growing age factor. Sources said that Mehraj-ud-Din informed Kishtwar police that he wants to surrender in Kashmir, but was arrested by them before he could reach Kashmir.
He told the Kishtwar police that he was angry over the way ISI and Pakistani mentors treated him badly. He said that he had regretted his decision of going to Pakistan in early 90's. The sources said that during the preliminary medical checkup, it was found that Mehraj-ud-Din was not suffering from any kind of disease like brain tumor as was claimed by his family members.
Doctors from Army and district Hospital Kishtwar conducted the medical checkup of the accuse inside District Police Office Kishtwar and found that there is no sign of disease like brain tumor in Mehraj-ud-Din’s body. Sources said that Mehraj-ud-Din though confess that he had handed over the weapon to Pakistani diplomat in Kathmandu, but said that he did not know about any plan pertaining to hijacking of IC-814 plane.
Sources said that Mehraj-ud-Din is a tuff guy to break and said that Kishtwar police will require more time to extract more information pertaining to ISI and underworld target plans in India. Sources said that interrogation of Mehraj-ud-Din is very important as far as working of underworld fugitives and Pak sponsored terror groups in India is concerned. Jammu and Kashmir police on basis of inputs given by accused Mehraj-ud-Din conducted raids at several places within State as well as in other parts of country.
Sources said that interrogators focus its investigation on sleeper cells working in different parts of the country under the patronage of ISI. The sources said that in coming days, Jammu and Kashmir police will focus its investigation on functioning of training camps, activities of Jammu and Kashmir youths in Pakistan, beside will also question him regarding top leveled Indian fugitives presently camping in Pakistan.
Sources said that India's top most intelligence agencies are in close liaison with Kishtwar police through mobile phones/video conference/internet. The details of interrogation and major developments are being shared with the higher ups on hourly bases. In the meantime, Kishtwar police booked in Mehraj-u-Din FIR No: 43 already stands registered at police station Chatroo U/S 307, 7/27 Arms Act and produce the accused before Chief Judicial Magistrate Kishtwar who sent the accused on 4 days police remand. Kishtwar police at later stage of the ongoing investigation is likely to book him under Unlawful Activities Act. The accused was produced in the court of CJM Kishtwar under tight security cover led by SHO Police Station Chatroo Farooq Ahmed Khateeb.
In response to the number of quiries from media regarding his links with Dawood/ISI and his involvement in Kandhar hijacking, the accused Mehraj-ud-Din pledge his innocence. "I have no idea about whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim. I know nothing about ISI and I am innocent," said accused Mehraj-ud-Din as Chatroo police quickly whisked him from the spot in a speedy driven vehicle.
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