Suspected LeT man 'involved' in Akshardham attack held
A terror suspect allegedly involved in the attack on the Akshardham temple in 2002 was arrested soon after his arrival from Saudi Arabia has been taken to Gujarat. Thirty people were killed in the attack on the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar September 25, 2002.india Updated: Jul 19, 2009 19:13 IST
A suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba operative allegedly involved in the terror attack on the Akshardham temple in Gujarat in 2002 was arrested by the counter-intelligence cell and Cyberabad police here, intelligence sources said today.
Shaukatullah Ghauri, who arrived in the city from Saudi Arabia, was nabbed at RGI Airport in Shamshabad here last evening, they said.
Ghauri and his brother Farhatullah were wanted by the Gujarat Police and an arrest warrant was pending against the duo under POTA after the terror attack on Akshardham temple, which left 38 people dead and more than 80 injured, a senior Intelligence officer said.
“They are involved in Akshardham temple attack. Both the brothers initially got trained with Jaish-e-Mohammad terror outfit and worked in Ahmedabad. After their names figured in the suspects list for carrying out the attack on Akshardham temple, both of them fled to Saudi Arabia in 2002,” he said.
While three persons were sentenced to death and 10 to life imprisonment in the Akshardham attack case, 12 other accused were absconding including the Ghauri brothers, he said.
Shaukatullah was taken back to Gujarat after he was handed over to a team of Gujarat Police here this morning, the officer said.
Further investigations are on to establish if Shaukatullah had any links in Hyderabad, he added. PTI VVK RRN scy 07191242