New Delhi, May 5 : Mohammed Sajid, a suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) operative arrested by police from east Delhi on Tuesday night, was a quiet person who did not socialise much and generally kept to himself, his neighbours said.
The neighbours of Sajid, in Gokulpuri’s congested Chand Bagh area, with whom IANS spoke said Sajid, 21, had few friends and he was hardly seen interacting in the neighbourhood.
Sajid was among three suspected JeM operatives arrested by Delhi Police Tuesday night. The other two were Shakir Ansari from Deoband and Sameer from Loni in Ghaziabad.
Police said the three were planning a Pathankot-style attack in Delhi and neighbouring areas.
Sajid’s elder sister Tabassum told IANS that he was arrested from outside the nearby Fatima Masjid when he was returning home after offering namaz.
“We are being targeted. My brother is innocent. He cannot be involved in any illegal activity,” she said.
Asked how her brother had got burn injuries on his palm, Tabassum said: “He had a quarrel with his younger sister on Monday night and during that boiling milk fell on his hand.”
Mohsin Khan’s elder brother Shahzad said his sibling had “nothing to do with this case”.
“He used to sell ladies items and did not have enough time even to attend family functions,” Shahzad told IANS.
He also said that Mohsin has two three-year-old twin girls and he used to play with them after returning from work.
Questioning the police action, Shahzad said: “My brother hardly met anyone in the area. How can he be involved with any illegal activity? His going out was restricted mostly to offering prayers at the mosque.”
Shahzad alleged that Delhi Police team did not allow his brother to even wear his slippers when they took him away.
Mohsin’s neighbour Rahoof told IANS that he was not a tech savvy person.
“He did not even have a mobile phone as he hardly earned Rs.250-300 per day. How can he be part of any social media messaging group on phone?” he asked.
According to sources, the suspects kept in touch with each other via social messaging app, and also shared information on how to assemble IED bombs.