Riyaz Ahmed, a retired Army soldier and suspected member of the banned terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), was taken into custody by Delhi Police on Sunday at the New Delhi Railway Station.
The arrest comes after Jammu and Kashmir Police busted a LeT module that was active in the Kupwara district and discovered a plot to launch attacks in the area. Along with two other people, Khursheed Ahmad Rather and Ghulam Sarwar Rather, Ahmed was allegedly actively involved in the conspiracy, coordinating with handlers across the Line of Control (LoC) to obtain weapons and ammunition.
“The accused, Riyaz Ahmed Rather, was a retired army soldier who actively participated in forming a plot with his allies to obtain weapons and ammunition from terrorist handlers across the Line of Control.”
The arrest comes after the Jammu & Kashmir Police’s successful operation that resulted in the dismantling of the terror module that was operating out of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Five terrorist accomplices who were involved in the smuggling of different weapons and ammunition were previously detained in Karnah.
Riyaz Ahmed Rather had come to the capital to meet his other accomplices but was apprehended by the Delhi police who had received intelligence inputs on February 4 about his movements. He had boarded a train from Jabalpur and reached Hazrat Nizammudin railway station in Delhi with his accomplice. He tried to flee after sensing trouble but was caught by the alert police team.