Jammu and Kashmir Police has arrested Mehraj-ud-din Dand, a terrorist wanted for his involvement in the hijacking of flight IC-814 flight to Kandahar and other terror attacks, he allegedly provided faketravel documents and logistical support to the hijackers.
Mehrajuddin Dand alias Javed was arrested during an operation in Kishtwar forest belt. He allegedly provided faketravel documents and logistical support to the hijackers. Mehrajuddin was one of the first five militants including Salahuddin who crossed over into PoK in 1987 to get arms training.
Police claim that he had links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahaim and that Mehrajuddin also had a hand in the 1996 Lajpat Nagar blasts. Mehrajuddin has worked for almost all militant organisations including Islamic Front, Muslim Mujahiddin, Hizbul Mujahiddin and others.
On 24 December, 1999, IC-814, with 176 passengers on board, was hijacked by five Pakistani militants and forced to land in three different airports — Amritsar, Lahore, and Dubai – before being taken to Kandahar, the bastion of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.