Rizwan (24) was caught by the Border Security Force (BSF) on the intervening night of July 16 and 17 near the India-Pakistan border in Sri Ganganagar and handed over to the local police for questioning.
He has also been involved in vandalizing a statue of the then Sikh ruler Ranjit Singh in the Lahore Fort last year, following which he was arrested and sent to jail. Pakistan,
Police said Rizwan has been associated with Tehreek-e-Labbaik, a right-wing Islamist group in Pakistan.
Sri Ganganagar SP Anand Sharma said that during interrogation, Rizwan said that he had come to India with a plan to kill Nupur Sharma for insulting Prophet Mohammad.
The SP said that the accused has been actively associated with Tehreek-e-Labbaik.
“This group had taken out a protest march in the village against the statement of the accused a month ago. Nupur SharmaSP said.
He had attended a religious gathering in Pakistan and inspired there he planned to kill the suspended BJP leader.
On entering India after crossing the border, he was caught by the BSF at Hindumalkot. Two knives, religious books, food and clothes were recovered from a bag from him.
An FIR has been registered against the accused under sections of the Foreigners Act, Indian Passport Act and Arms Act.