The 10 youths detained by Delhi Police for suspected ideological leaning towards banned outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) have now been released due to lack of adequate evidence.
While four of them were released on Saturday with Delhi Police having arranged for them sessions with a clinical psychologist to help them “deradicalise”, guardians of the remaining six released today had to give undertakings ensuring that their wards will be on the “right path” henceforth.
Delhi Police’s anti-terrorism unit Special Cell had picked up 13 youths from Delhi and UP after a series of late night raids on May 3, following which three — Sajid, Sameer Ahmed, and Shakir Ansari — were arrested and the remaining 10 detained for questioning.
“The remaining six youths have been let off with the condition that they have to make themselves available for questioning whenever summoned. Their guardians have given undertaking that they will make sure the boys lead their lives in the right path in future,” Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep said.
There is no arrangement with psychiatrist for the six unlike the other four who have to visit a clinical psychologist on a regular basis. The psychologist will provide the investigators with a report on their progress every week, he said.
During questioning, it emerged that the youths had extreme anger within them as a result of which they were vulnerable, making them potential inductees in terror rings, Deep said, adding that so far there is no evidence to make further arrests in the case.
Meanwhile, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the Government of India’s nodal agency that deals with cyber security threats, which Delhi Police had approached for help in the case, have provided investigators with some crucial leads and input which can be considered incriminating evidence, a senior police official said.
He said the input provided by CERT-In largely includes decoded date exchanged in Whatsapp groups, e-mails, Facebook chats and secured conversations.
Investigators interrogating the three arrested youths said they were shown videos pertaining to alleged atrocities against Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir, Muzaffarnagar and Iraq to induct them into the outfit and execute terror strikes in the national capital.
The investigators had earlier claimed that the trio was initially inspired by the dreaded ISIS and later shifted their ideological leaning.
They claimed that Sajid was self-radicalised and propagated ideology which was in line with that of the Islamic State until he came in touch with a cyber entity, Talha, believed to be close to Maulana Masood Azhar, who is wanted by India in connection with 2001 Parliament attack case and the terror strike on Pathankot IAF base in January.