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Suspected LeT leader held in Hyderabad

M. Srinivas

HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad police foiled the attempts of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) to organise major ‘actions’ in south India, with the arrest of its south Indian chief, Mohammad Abdul Khwaja alias Amjad, at the Afzalgunj bus stop here on Monday. The arrested man was allegedly involved in the twin blasts in Hyderabad in 2007, and in the explosions in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.

Amjad (27), who also goes by the noms de guerre of Saif, Pappu and Abdullah, hails from the Malakpet locality in the old city and is accused of having close links with other terror groups like the Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami and the Jaish-e-Mohammad, Commissioner of Police B. Prasada Rao told a news conference.

He declined to elaborate on what Amjad was planning to do in south India, saying the police had to interrogate him and learn more about his plans. Asked whether the terror suspect was planning some action on Republic Day, the city police chief said the interrogators could not get any such specific information. He said Amjad could have come to Hyderabad to recruit people for carrying out subversive activities.

The arrested man was a close associate of Shaheed Bilal, another wanted terrorist from Hyderabad, who was shot dead in Pakistan in 2007.

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