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Top Lashkar leader arrested in South Delhi

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NEW DELHI: Abdul Razzak Masood, alleged chief coordinator of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Dubai who was wanted in the Sai Baba temple bomb blast case in Hyderabad in November 2002 and had been entrusted the task of recruiting people for "jehad" against India, has been arrested by the Delhi police at Jamia Nagar in South Delhi.

According to the Joint Commissioner of Police, Karnal Singh, Abdul had come to the Capital from Muzaffarnagar on Monday and was at Jamia Nagar when a team led by Inspector M.C. Kotach, under the supervision of the Assistant Commissioner of Police, S.K. Tiwari, arrested him. In a startling revelation, Abdul purportedly told his interrogators that he was instrumental in carrying out the Ghatkopar blast in July 2003. He knew the conspirators of the American Center attack in January 2002 and had also provided them logistical support.

The police said Abdul did his graduation from G.G. College at Nizamabad in Andhra Pradesh. In September 1998, he came into contact with a top LeT commander, Azam Ghori, who inspired him to join the outfit. Abdul then went to the Kashmir Valley and interacted with the terrorists. He stayed there for about seven months and underwent training in the handling of weapons. He then returned to Nizamabad and started taking part in the activities of organisations like Dasgha Jihad-e-Sahadat and Majlis Bacchao Tehreek. The police said Abdul's father was a founder-member of Dasgha Jihad-e-Sahadat.

Azam Ghori met Abdul again at Mallepally in Hyderabad and told him to go to Pakistan via Dubai. In January 2000, Abdul went to Dubai and joined one Quick Laundry Service as an assistant accountant. He frequented the LeT office on Naif Road and met LeT members. He was asked to motivate Indian nationals, especially those lodged in Dubai jails, to join the outfit. He would also collect funds. In 2001, Abdul went to Pakistan on a fake Pakistani passport, stayed there in an LeT guesthouse in Lahore.

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