A 28-year-old man named Naseem, who was wanted in the case of attempt to murder of prominent Pakistan-born Canadian writer Tarek Fatah has been arrested by the Delhi police. Naseem aka Rizwan was arrested on Wednesday from Jafrabad area of north Delhi. Police was looking out for him in case of a robbery in Gokulpuri and many other cases. There was a reward of Rs.50,000 on his head.
It is suspected that he is a close aide of Chhota Shakeel, underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s right-hand. A sharpshooter, and contract killer, according to the police, Naseem was on a mission to assassinate writer Tarek Fatah.
Tarek Fatah is a Pakistan-born Canadian writer who is renowned for his critical views of the Sharia law. He rose to fame in India this year after doing a show ‘Fatah ka Fatwa’ on Zee News. The show featured discussions on Islamic issues by a panel including Muslims. His opinions about Islamic practices have led to a number of debates and controversies in the Indian sub-continent and given rise to a lot of adversaries as well as admirers for him. Apparently, he is now on the radar of the D-company for his statements in criticism of the Sharia law and Islam.
The police had received a tip-off on Tuesday that Naseem will come to Jafrabad and had laid a trap accordingly. Upon seeing the police, he tried to flee but was arrested after a long chase. Police seized a sophisticated pistol, four live cartridges and Rs. 1.98 lakh cash from him.
In June this year, special cell of the Delhi police had arrested a man named Junaid Chaudhary who was also allegedly involved in conspiracy of Tarek Fatah’s murder. During investigation at that time, Naseem’s name had surfaced. It is also reported that Naseem was involved in robbery of Rs.10.6 lakh last month from collection agent of a businessman.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (northeast) A K Singla said that Naseem has told his interrogators that he was in contact with Chhota Shakeel. Also, Naseem was to meet a criminal named Munna Singh through Rashid, another criminal. As reported by the Indian Express, the police has said that the two men had told Naseem that he would be given crores of Rupees if he murdered some high-profile individuals in Andhra Pradesh. Naseem has reportedly also told the police that he was asked to eliminate one more person in Dwarka.
As per a tweet by Tarek Fatah, Naseem was paid USD 150,000 to assassinate him. Have a look at the tweet below:
— ਤਾਰੇਕ ਫਤਹ (@TarekFatah) November 2, 2017
In another social media post made by Tarek Fatah on Wednesday, on his Facebook page, he shared a picture of himself celebrating halloween in Toronto and called himself “a wannabe assassin in India”. National Post quotes Fatah saying in an interview that he is relived that he is in Canada and that it’s a very strange feeling for him. Have a look at his Facebook post here: