A lookout notice has been issued against an alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative who had escaped from police escorts in August.
Aurangabad native Shaikh Abdul Nayeem alias Samir, 34, is an accused in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, which is currently being investigated by the state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).
In the last week of August, he had escaped from the UP-Mumbai Mail between Karsari and Raigarh railway stations in Chhattisgarh while being escorted to Mumbai by the West Bengal police.
The Barackpur commissionerate of the West Bengal police has issued the lookout notice and the state ATS is also searching for Nayeem as he is an accused in one of the cases being investigated by them.
ATS insiders said that with the lookout notice issued, information about Nayeem would be sent to all airports and ports to prevent him from leaving the country. If Nayeem has already left the country, the notice will help in catching him should choose to return, they said.
Nayeem was one of 21 accused arrested in connection with the arms haul case. He was allegedly recruited by LeT handler Fayyaz Kagzi. Nayeem had crossed into Bangladesh in 2006 and allegedly provided logistical support to LeT operatives who smuggled arms into India.
He also allegedly gave shelter to LeT operatives who escaped from India to Bangladesh.
He was also in touch with Zaibuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, the main accused in the Aurangabad arms haul case and also an accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case.
Nayeem was arrested a year after the 2006 arms haul. He was initially detained by the Border Security Force (BSF) on the Indo-Bangladesh border and then handed over to the Mumbai police in Kolkata.
What is the Aurangabad arms haul case
In May 2006, the state ATS and the Aurangabad police seized 10 AK-47s, 10 packs of 40 magazine rounds, 2,000 live cartridges and 30 kg of RDX from a jeep. In another raid on the same day, the ATS seized 6 AK-47s, 22 magazine rounds, 1,200 lives cartridges and 13 kg of RDX from a jeep.