LeT Islamic terrorist reveals names of financiers and hawala operators: Cops
Posted by jagoindia on August 4, 2009
Suspected LeT terrorist sings, names financiers
Rahul Tripathi , TNN 30 August 2009
NEW DELHI: The recent arrest of a 27-year-old Lashkar-e-Taiba militant has provided important links to the alleged activities of the banned terror outfit. Questioning of Mohammad Aslam, who cops claim has been a `prized catch’, has revealed names of several financiers and hawala operators of the outfit and efforts are on to nab them. The Mumbai police and Gujarat Anti Terror Squad have also joined in the probe with the special cell of Delhi Police, which arrested Aslam from New Delhi railway station on Tuesday.
While officials of the special cell were tightlipped about the names of the financiers, sources said besides handling logistics of LeT, Aslam had recruited several youths from Maharashtra and Gujarat and sent them for arms training to PoK. “He has revealed the names of eight persons who he had picked for training in Pakistan. Many of these were in touch with Aslam and some have even been arrested by the security forces in J&K. He was supposed to hand over explosives to two men in Aurangabad, but we have not been able to zero in on them so far,” said a senior police officer.
Uttar Pradesh Anti Terror Squad (ATS) is also looking into Aslam’s case, as according to cops, Aslam stayed in Lucknow and was enrolled in MA (Arabic) at Lucknow University from 2003 to 2005. “He was staying with two more persons. We have already seized the records from the university and are hunting for them,” said a UP police officer. Speaking to Times City, additional director general of police A K Jain said, “Our teams are in touch with special cell but we are yet to question Aslam. He was studying at Lucknow University from 2003 to 2005 and we need to question him about his other associates.”
At the time of Aslam’s arrest, cops had seized identity cards bearing the name Mohammad Salim from his possession. The police said Aslam is also trained in computers and handling of arms. “He was one of the several members of a sleeper module of LeT and was also incharge of recruitment and logistics,” said a cop from special cell.
The cops from Mumbai are expected to question Aslam in connection with the Aurangabad arms haul in which 32kg of explosives and 10 AK-47 rifles were recovered. He had been on the radar of intelligence agencies for the past two years. “Aslam revealed his involvement in many cases and we are in the process of verifying his role in any major terrorist activity,” said a senior police officer.