Another L-e-T Man Held In Jharkhand

Another L-e-T Man Held In Jharkhand

1 March 2012
Deccan Herald


New Delhi: A day after the arrest of two Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives, another member of the militant group has been nabbed in Hazaribagh. The arrest was a joint operation by Delhi Police and their Jharkhand counterparts. They are on the look out for yet another L-e-T operative involved the foiled plot to set off bombs in the national capital. Tawseef Ahmad Pir, 22 was picked up by the police in Hazaribagh late on Wednesday night, and placed under arrest on Thursday. He has been brought to Delhi after a Hazaribagh court gave Delhi Police three days' transit remand. “Pir, a resident of Sopore in north Kashmir, was planning to go to Pakistan for training and was aware of the plans of his cousin Ehtesham Malik, who was arrested on Wednesday, of carrying out terror attacks in Delhi,” said Arun Kampani, deputy commissioner of police (special cell). “Pir came to Hazaribagh to his relative’s place (around six kilometers from the main city) from Kashmir a month ago. No explosive were found with Pir,” Hazaribagh superintendent of police Pankaj Kamboj told Deccan Herald. Sources said another terrorist from the same module - Muzamil Amin Dar alias Usman - has managed to give the slip to Jammu and Kashmir police. “We are looking for a few more suspects,” said Kampani. On Wednesday police arrested two LeT men Ehtesham Malik, 24, and Shafqat Ali Tuggu, 23, from Delhi and Hazaribagh simultaneously. Police said the attacks in the national capital were ‘very imminent’. Sources said that the arrested L-e-T members were planning to strike on Saturday. Malik, a laboratory technician, worked for the L-e-T in Sopore and was earlier arrested in 2007 along with two others. Tuggu is a BTech degree holder. “They both have a science background and had planned to carry out terror attacks at crowded market places in the national capital. We, however, managed to foil their bid with the help of other investigative agencies,” said Kampani. Police said they recovered an improvised explosive device, including wires and flash powder used in crackers and sulphuric acid, from Malik. Terror videos, five mobile phones and memory cards were also found. Malik had undergone training in Pakistan in December 2011, police said. Malik, son of Farooq Malik of Badam Bagh Sopore, had been living in Ranchi for last three years along with his mother who hails from the same place. “Malik’s father, who works with Jammu and Kashmir government, built a house at Pabra village in the Pelawal police station area of Hazaribagh and named it as Kashmir House, but he has not visited it for over two years,” said Kamboj.