An assassination bid on Dasna Temple head priest Swami Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati has been foiled by the Delhi police. As per reports, the arrest of a 24-year-old Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist identified as Mohammad Dar alias Jahangir, from a hotel in Delhi’s Paharganj led to the unearthing of the assassination plot.
Police have recovered a .30 bore pistol along with two magazines and 15 live rounds in addition to a Bhagwa kurta, a Kalava (Hindu sacred thread), a Mala, and a Chandan-tika (sandalwood) from the terrorist. Dar who belongs to Kashmir’s Pulwama was supposedly paid INR 41,000 to assassinate Swami Narsinghanand. Dar was taken into custody 10 days ago from Paharganj’s Hotel Shiva, although the arrest had been kept under wraps.
Reporting on the developments in the case, OpIndia says:
During the interrogation, Dar reportedly told the police that one Abid from Pakistan recruited him to work for the Jaish-e-Muhammad terror outfit. He said he worked as a carpenter near his hometown where he met Abid in December 2020. Abid told him he was from the JeM and the duo met again in April 2021.
“They continuously chatted with each other on Whatsapp. In February, Dar came to Delhi with his sister and her father-in-law for the treatment of his nephew, who had heart disease. Once he returned to Kashmir, Abid entrusted him with the task of assassinating Dasna Devi Temple head priest Yati Narsighanand Saraswati,” a police officer privy to the details of the interrogation said.
The police officer also said that Dar received training from Abid, who also gave him Rs 6,500 in cash. Abid also made an online transfer of Rs 35,000 to Dar and asked him to procure a weapon from his friend in Delhi.
“He was asked to dress up like a Hindu monk to gain an entry to the temple. Police are now on the lookout for Abid’s friend, who provided Dar with a weapon,” the officer said. An FIR under Section 120B of IPC(criminal conspiracy) was registered following some inputs and an investigation was initiated.
With the recovery of Hindu symbolic items, it is clear that the terrorist had plotted to disguise himself as a Hindu to easily gain access to the head priest of Dasna Devi temple and execute his devious plan without raising any suspicion.
The same ploy had been used by Islamist terrorists to assassinate Hindu Samaj leader Kamlesh Tiwari in October 2019. The assailants Farid-ud-din Shaikh and Ashfaq Shaikh visited Tiwari in his office-cum-residence at Lucknow. They came dressed in saffron kurtas to give him a sweets box with an address of a sweet shop in Surat city in Gujarat.
Swami Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati has been on the radar of Islamist terrorists who even threatened to behead him for his alleged comment criticizing Prophet Mohammad. Lakhs of Islamists including children had earlier gathered at Bareilly asking for Swami Narsinghanand to be beheaded.
The rally at Bareilly was held after AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan called for the beheading of Swami Narsinghanand as a ‘punishment’ for criticizing Mohammad. Maulanas addressed the slogan raising crowds and demanded the arrest of Swami Narsinghanand. Further, several Islamists shared the video of the incident on the social media (SM) platform Twitter where they called Swamiji a Bhagwa terrorist.
As Hindupost had reported earlier:
Islamists all over the country seem to have been emboldened by the call of AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan. In addition, to these videos of the Bareilly Islamist gathering and Muslim children, one Danish Ali from Meerut had announced prize money of INR 51 lakhs to anyone who would behead Swami Narsinghanand. UP police, however, swung into action and arrested Ali.
On April 9, 4 radical Muslims were arrested from Balaghat by the Madhya Pradesh police for putting up posters against Swami Narsinghanand on Jama Masjid Road. The arrested were identified as Mateen Ajhari, Kasim Khan, Sohaib Khan, and Raza Khan.
Even AIMIM Kanpur put up a poster reading “Gustakh-e-Rasool ki ek saza, sar tan se juda, sar tan se juda” with beheaded images of the Mahant and Wasim Rizvi who had asked for the removal of certain verses in the Koran. The Kanpur police later removed the poster and filed a case against those involved.
The latest assassination bid seems to be an extension of the Islamist agenda to kill Swami Narsinghanand as was apparent from the calls for his beheading.
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