A crew of Maharashtra’s Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested yet one more suspect from Jammu and Kashmir in reference to the case wherein a 28-year-old man was held from Pune for his alleged hyperlinks with banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), officers stated Thursday.
On Could 23, the state ATS had arrested Mohammed Junaid Mohammed Ata, who had been working on the store of a scrap supplier in Pune’s Dapodi. The investigators had on the time recognized three extra alleged terror operatives from Jammu and Kashmir who have been stated to keep in touch with Junaid both straight or by phone-based messenger purposes.
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A senior official from the Maharashtra ATS stated that their crew, which had gone to Jammu and Kashmir in reference to their probe, has arrested a suspect recognized as Aftab Shah from the northern state’s Kishtwar space. Together with Shah, the ATS had named Hamidullah Zargar from Kulgam and Omar as needed individuals within the case.
“The crew took Shah’s transit remand from a court docket in Kishtwar on Wednesday and can attain Pune by tonight (Thursday evening). He will likely be produced earlier than a court docket in Pune on Friday, the place we are going to search his police custody,” an official from the ATS stated.
After Junaid’s arrest, the company had stated that it’s primarily probing his and the involvement of three others in funding, recruitment and procurement of arms and ammunition for the LeT in addition to arms coaching for different operatives.
Following Junaid’s arrest, amongst varied digital leads that the Maharashtra ATS is probing are at the least 5 Fb accounts which have been used to speak with the youth and encourage them to hitch the banned outfit by instigating communal sentiments.
ATS sleuths have claimed that they’ve investigated a messenger based mostly group, Ansar Gazawat-ul Hind Tawheed, fashioned by Zargar wherein a number of anti-national terror actions have been mentioned and deliberate since 2021 and the members have been allegedly brainwashed. Junaid, who was a part of the group, was in direct contact with Zargar, Shah, and Omar. Their probe has additionally revealed that Junaid had obtained two transfers of Rs 5,000 every from them.
Officers stated Ansar Gazawat-ul Hind is the identify of a faction recognized to have affiliations to Al Qaeda. The LeT is understood to have hyperlinks with the faction. Officers stated that whether or not suspects have had any hyperlinks to the faction Ansar Gazawat-ul Hind was being probed.