Three years after he was nabbed, the right-hand man of alleged terror boss Hafiz Saeed has disclosed that the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) are hand-in-glove with the Naxalites, sources claim.
Mohammad Umar Madani, a dreaded alleged LeT operative and an aide of the outfit’s founder Saeed, has revealed in his disclosure statement that a close camaraderie exists between LeT and the Naxals: Two of the biggest non-state actors apparently engaged in trying to destabilise the nation.
“In his disclosure statement, Madani has said that they (the LeT) had approached the Naxalites with a request to use their men to trigger blasts in the country in return for sophisticated arms,” said a senior police officer. The officer also said that the Home Ministry had asked the police to submit a report on the same.
Madani had been arrested by the Special Cell from near the Qutub Minar monument in south Delhi’s Mehrauli on June 5, 2009, and subsequently slapped with the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
Tasked with recruiting fishermen and sailors for the LeT, Madani is also suspected to have recruited men who perpetrated an armed massacre at multiple locations in Mumbai during the 26/11 attacks.
“According to his three-page disclosure statement, he met local Naxal leaders across Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal after crossing into the country from Indo-Nepal border,” the officer said.
“The Lashkar not only promised weapons to the Maoists but also logistical support to enable them to foray into metropolitan cities, where it had already helped other home-grown militant outfits such as the Indian Mujahi-deen (IM) strike,” the officer said.
In all the years that the terror organisation has been active in the country, it was only after Madani’s arrest that the link between the LeT and the Naxals came to the fore, the officer said.
However, the officer said, the arrests of three Kashmiri men from Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh days before they were to trigger blasts in crowded Delhi markets was ‘purely coincidental’.
“Two of the arrested trio, Ehtesaan and his cousin Tauseef Ahmad Pir, had been sent to Hazaribagh to stay at a relative’s house. At least, this new module seems to have no link with the Naxals,” the officer added.