A Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) operative was arrested from Delhi for allegedly planning to kill controversial priest Swami Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati. The latter is the head priest of Dasna Devi Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad.
The JeM operative, Jam Mohammed Dar, a resident of Pulwama and a carpenter by profession, was arrested from a hotel in Delhi’s Paharganj. Dar was planning to dress up as a Hindu priest to assassinate Saraswati, according to Delhi Police.
A saffron kurta, a white pajama, a kalava (holy thread), a string of beads, sandalwood paste and a box of Kumkum (vermillion) along with a .30 bore pistol and two magazines containing 15 live rounds was recovered by the police from Dar.
How the priest came to limelight
The priest came to the limelight in March this year when a 14-year-old Muslim boy was assaulted by his disciple for trying to enter the temple premises. Notably, there is a board outside the temple that says that it is a holy place for the Hindus and the entry of Muslims is prohibited.
The priest a month later allegedly made inflammatory remarks against Prophet Mohammed and Islam in a press conference.
The JeM plan
According to Dar’s statement to the police, he came in contact with JeM operative Abid in December 2020. Abid, who operated from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, motivated Dar to work for the terror outfit and maintained contact with him via Whatsapp, the police said.
On April 2, 2021, Abid met Dar in Anantnag and reportedly tasked him with killing Swami Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati. He also showed him the priest’s videos that had gone viral for their controversial content, the police said.
Police said Abid then gave him a pistol and taught him how to use it. Dar was promised a substantial sum of money for killing the priest. He was also given Rs 6,500 cash and Rs 35,000 in his bank account before leaving for Delhi.
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