Two Indian Muslim terrorists arrested for major plot to blow up ONGC terminals and a mall
Posted by jagoindia on March 14, 2010
Mumbai ATS nabs 2 for plotting to blow up ONGC oil tanks
March 14, 2010
Mumbai: Acting in the nick of time, the Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) has arrested two persons allegedly planning to blow up vital installations in Mumbai, like 26/11 attacks that killed more than 180 persons.
The two suspects – named as Abdul Latif Rashid (29) and Riyaz Ali (23) – were picked up by the security agency from Central Mumbai.
According to the Mumbai ATS, the duo have applied for passports and wanted to flee to Pakistan. “But before fleeing they wanted to orchestra a big strike. They have in fact identified three places in the city – ONGC establishments, Mangla Market, and the Thakkar Mall,” an ATS officer said.
“But before they could do this, we have nabbed them,” he added.
They had, in fact, instructions, from someone called “Uncle” to carry out the task, a news agency reported quoting some ATS officer. Police have also recovered maps of other vital installations of the city from them.
Talking to press persons, ATS officials said that the two arrested persons have no known criminal record.
The duo, who were produced in the Mumbai Killa court, have been sent to 18 days of police custody.
The arrest of the persons came amid a terror alert in Kochi.
Mumbai has been on the target of terrorists over the years. In November 2008, a daring terror attack on many busy places in the city had claimed over 180 lives, derailing the peace process between India and Pakistan.
Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, March 14, 2010
The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) claimed to have foiled a major terror plot to blow up state-run Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) terminals in south Mumbai and a mall by arresting two people in Mumbai on Sunday. They were sent to police custody till March 18 by a city court.
ATS chief K.P. Raghuvanshi told reporters that the arrested duo, identified as Latif and Riyaz, were from Mumbai.
They were nabbed after a tip-off that they were allegedly plotting to blow up oil tanks of the ONGC and a mall in Mumbai, among other sites, Raghuvanshi said.
They were produced before a Mumbai court that granted them police custody till March 18.
Raghuvanshi said the duo had conducted a recce of the sensitive Nhava-Sheva area of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and also its surroundings.
Police have also recovered several maps of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and the sites they were planning to strike from them. They are suspected to have links with international terror outfits.
As per initial investigations, Raghuvanshi said they were trained in Pakistan and were in touch with some Pakistani terror outfits. However, he declined to identify the terror outfits.
The JNPT is among the most sensitive installations in the city and barely a few kilometres away from downtown Colaba, which was the landing point of the 10 Pakistani terrorists who had attacked Mumbai Nov 26, 2008.
The ATS, which is carrying out further investigations into the matter, would also probe the duo’s links to the 26/11 attacks and the Feb 13 Pune blast, their other associates in Mumbai and elsewhere in the country, he added.