An alleged Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) operative, who was planning to carry out grenade attacks in Hyderabad and other parts of Andhra Pradesh, was arrested on Monday.
The police said Mohammed Zia ul Haq alias Abu Abdulla (34) was heading a sleeper cell of the terror outfit in the city and was responsible for the 2006 grenade attack at Hyderabad’s Odeon theatre.
“He (Haq) wanted to inflict maximum damage through attacks at crowded places,” Police Commissioner A.K. Khan said. Four grenades and a pistol with live rounds, all of Chinese make, were recovered from him, the police said, adding that Haq, of Khanapur in Telangana region’s Adilabad district, came in contact with LeT operative and Pakistani national Abu Ali in Saudi Arabia.
Ali introduced him to LeT commander Abdul Aziz. Haq’s indoctrination started in Saudi Arabia when Aziz showed him CDs of the 2002 Gujarat riots and the Babri Masjid demolition, Khan said.
In 2002, Haq allegedly trained in handling firearms and explosives at an LeT camp in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir for a month.
Once in Hyderabad, he settled at Edi Bazaar in the city’s Bhavaninagar area and drove a taxi. In 2005, Aziz gave Haq four hand grenades and a pistol with six rounds, in Delhi, Khan said.
On May 7, 2006, Haq lobbed a grenade into the popular Odeon theatre, and walked out without being detected. Khan said they were interrogating Haq to ascertain his possible role in terror attacks in other states and if other terror operatives worked with him.