Suspected Lashkar terrorist arrested
A suspected member of the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Tayyeba was arrested from the New Delhi Railway station on Tuesday afternoon, police said, reports Vijaita Singh.delhi Updated: Aug 26, 2009 02:09 IST
A suspected member of the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) was arrested from the New Delhi Railway station Tuesday afternoon, police said.
According to the police, they recovered six kilograms explosives, four timers, two detonators and batteries hidden between clothes in a briefcase the accused was carrying.
The accused, Yusuf alias Salim (27), was arrested around 12.40 pm from the Ajmeri Gate side when he was about to board Sachkhand Express.
Police said the accused had come to Delhi by bus from Jammu. He is 'wanted' by Mumbai Police in one of their cases. According to police, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had been on his trail from Jammu.
The Maharashtra ATS would also be questioning him.
"He was reportedly on way to Nanded in Maharashtra. He seems to be an expert in assembling bombs," said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.
Nanded is a town on the Maharashtra-Andhra Pradesh border, a religious place for Sikhs where Guru Govind Singh—the last Guru of the Sikhs passed away in 1708. The town is teeming with people due to the ongoing Ganesh Mahotsav festival.
Police said the accused was apprehended when he was about to board the train for Nanded which departs the station at 1.35 pm on Tuesday.
A resident of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir, Yusuf, police said was carrying a briefcase and a handbag when held.
Apart from the explosives, the police also recovered a Pakistani passport from him and an identity card of Jammu and Kashmir.
"While the passport said his name was Salim, the I-card said it was Yusuf. He had hidden them in sweet boxes belonging to a shop called Pehalwan Di Hatti. This shop is reportedly in Jammu. We have contacted our counterparts there for more information," said the officer.
The police said they were still trying to ascertain whether the explosives recovered from him were RDX or not.