A terrorist arrested in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh was tasked with assassinating BJP leader Nupur Sharma and was being monitored by the Pak-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, state police said Friday.
Nupur Sharma was suspended as the spokesman for the BJP after her comments about the prophet sparked massive protests in India and a series of official complaints from Gulf states.
The terrorist has been identified as Mohammed Nadeem from Gangoh village in Saharanpur, police said.
The 25-year-old has accepted that he was ordered by a terrorist from Pakistani Jaish to kill Nupur Sharma, a top official said.
The terrorist has also named his Indian accomplices in the case and an investigation is underway, police said.
Mohammed Nadeem was ready to travel to Pakistan for weapons training and revealed his phone records and messages, police said.
His phone records also show a complete course on building an improvised explosive device, or IED, police said.
In addition, chat and voice messages with Jaish and Thereek-e-Taliban, police said, were recovered on Mohammed Nadeem’s phone.
Police said Mohammed Nadeem had contact with the terror groups through WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Massenger, Club House and other social media.