Lalit Jha, the alleged mastermind of the Parliament security breach on Wednesday, was formally arrested by the New Delhi District Police and was handed over to the Special Cell.
Lalit Jha, a general secretary of an NGO surrendered to the Delhi Police yesterday, a day after five others were arrested following the massive security breach in the Lok Sabha chambers. He turned himself in at a police station at Kartavya Path near Parliament.
Jha, who is said to have been inspired by the legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, had been missing since the incident.
Jha hails from Bihar but was working as a teacher in Kolkata, the police said. Jha used to teach local students in Kolkata and mostly kept a low profile, but suddenly left his neighbourhood two years ago, a tea stall owner in the neighbourhood told agency PTI.
Jha admitted to planning the plot of parliament security breach for months. One of the major obstructions during the planning was to obtain an entry pass in the Parliament, Lalit Jha told senior police officials during investigation, according to ANI.
He had asked everyone who could arrange the pass so that they could easily enter Parliament, reported the news agency. He was continuously keeping an eye on ongoing developments and police movement through news channels.
Jha allegedly shot videos of the incident where two of the accused set off smoke canisters outside the parliament. He allegedly handed over the videos to an NGO founder to ensure they get media coverage.
The five men and a woman have been charged under the anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Jha was produced before the Patiala House court on Thursday.
The Delhi police sought a 15-day custody of Jha from the court citing requirements for a detailed investigation.
‘He is a mastermind. We need his custody to unearth the whole conspiracy and main motive behind the incident. We need to travel and take him to different cities and places. We need custody to recover the mobile devices also,’ Delhi police told the court, reported ANI.
He was sent to a seven-day police remand by on Friday by the court.
The police officials have formed six teams that will go to the locations linked with the accused in Lucknow, Mysore, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Haryana, sources told ANI.
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