Two arrested for links to Mumbai terror attacks
Kolkata (PTI): In the first breakthrough in Mumbai terror attacks, the Kolkata Police arrested two persons including a constable from Jammu and Kashmir police for allegedly buying SIM cards on fake identities, three of which were used by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists in Mumbai during the November 26 strikes.
Constable Mukhtar Ahmed Sheikh, a resident of Rainawari in downtown Srinagar, was picked up along with a sub-inspector from state police's Crime Branch from Chanakyapuri on Friday, official sources said. The two had come to the national capital in connection with a case.
Sheikh, who is attached to office of Inspector General (Crime) in the state S M Sahai, is alleged by Kolkata Police to have brought SIM cards using fake identity cards. He was placed under arrest while the sub-inspector was released.
Sheikh, 35, who married a local girl in Kolkata, was arrested on the interrogation of Tauseef Rehman, a resident of Tiljala Road here, nabbed from Howrah Railway station, STF head of Kolkata Police Rajiv Kumar told reporters here.
The two were on Saturday remanded to police custody till December 19 by chief metropolitan magistrate S S Anand.
Public Prosecutor S Pathak submitted that Tauseef used to acquire SIM cards using fake identities and those of dead persons. "13 such SIM cards were bought by Tauseef which were passed on to Sheikh. Some of this cards were used by terrorists involved in attack in Mumbai," he said.
During his interrogation, Sheikh said that he used to purchase SIM cards and supply them to Kashmiri traders having business in Kolkata at a premium.
The two are the first to be arrested after the 60-hour siege ended on Nov 29 leaving 183 dead and nearly 300 injured. Mohammed Ajmal Amir Iman was the lone terrorist arrested during the siege.