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The little black book of secrets

A diary recovered from the two dead suspected Pakistani terrorists, killed in a pre-dawn encounter with teams belonging to the UP ATS and the Noida police, is expected to yield vital clues to track their other associates who are at large, reports A Sharan.

india Updated: Jan 26, 2009 14:38 IST
Abhishek Sharan

A diary recovered from the two dead suspected Pakistani terrorists, killed in a pre-dawn encounter with teams belonging to the Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) and the Noida police, is expected to yield vital clues to track their other associates who are at large.

An ATS officer, who requested anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to the media, said the diary contains many contact details, including telephone and mobile numbers, of suspects residing in UP who were in touch with the Pakistani duo - Farooq and Abu Ismail,

He added, “The Pakistanis were in UP since the last 45 days. We want to know who had harboured them and provided them with logistic details, including topographical details of targets in Delhi.”

When asked, Noida police's Deputy Superintendent of Police R.N. Mishra told Hindustan Times, “The diary we recovered from the terrorists would tell us how they had operated here, who were their helpers and whether there are other members of their module who are still absconding.”

He added that the police are in the process of verifying the passport seized from Farooq. Intelligence Bureau sources meanwhile said they were verifying if the two were part of a team of 16 Lashkar-e-Tayyeba suicide attackers that had been tasked to target Mumbai on November 26.

“Six of these fidayeens (suicide attackers) had been sent to Kashmir and are untraceable. We want to find out if these two men were linked to those six,” said a senior IB officer.

According to Navin Arora, Noida SSP, “An identity card of a Delhi school was also recovered from the terrorists, though the school management claimed they have not issued any such I-card.”

Regarding the type of arms and explosives seized from the two, ATS officials said it indicated that the terrorists had planned to “trigger explosions at public places and were prepared to tackle resistance from security forces”.

DSP Mishra said it is yet to be verified whether the suspects had infiltrated into the country through Kashmir, Nepal, or Bangladesh.

The ATS team had chased the white Maruti car in which the two were travelling from Ghaziabad and as it entered Noida from Model Town chowki area, the Noida Police was informed.

Later, when they realized they were surrounded by the police, the terrorists took cover behind a road divider and then started firing at the police team.