The man who allegedly orchestrated the attack on the Parliament is a teacher who kept to himself. Lalit Jha would teach students in Burrabazar in Kolkata before moving away from the public gaze.
He turned himself in at a police station at Kartavya Path near Parliament on Thursday.
Reports claimed he was inspired by freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.
Wires reported that Jha, from Bihar, seemed reserved and seldom mingled with people.
Papun Shaw, a tea stall owner at Rabindra Sarani in the Burrabazar area, told a media house that Jha would live alone and barely interact. He would have tea at Shaw’s stall.
“He used to teach the children at his rented place. We knew that his father was a watchman in the area. They were two brothers,” another resident told the media house.
Neelaksh Aich, one of Jha’s close contacts and founder of an NGO, recalled meeting him in April during a seminar on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Kolkata.
“Some researchers and writers were also there. At times, we spoke about work related to the NGO. Lalit was among the event organizers. Yesterday, at around 1 pm, he sent me a video on WhatsApp. After returning home, when I saw the news on TV, I saw it was a video of the same incident,” Aich told a TV channel.
Jha, reports claimed, recorded a video of Neelam and Amol shouting slogans and releasing yellow-coloured smoke from canisters outside the Parliament building. He sent the shots to Aich.
Sagar Sharma and Manoranjan met Jha in Mysuru a year ago, where they planned the attack on the Parliament. Subsequently, they added Neelam and Amol to the plan.
Lalit asked Manoranjan to do a recce of all entry points of the Parliament during the Monsoon Session.
“In July, Manoranjan came to Delhi and went inside Parliament on a visitor pass issued in the name of an MP. There, he learned that the frisking of shoes does not happen,” an official in the know said.
The accused reportedly said that the act was self-motivated.