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Another arrest in Mumbai

mumbai Updated: Mar 16, 2010 07:26 IST
Shahkar Abidi
Shahkar Abidi
Hindustan Times
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The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has detained one more person in its ongoing investigation to unravel the terror plot to strike Mumbai.

Shahnawaz Sheikh alias Shanu (29), a tuition teacher and school friend of one of the arrested terror suspects, Abdul Latif (29), is being questioned by the ATS at an undisclosed location since three days, sources said.

The police allegedly picked up Sheikh from his Behrampada house at 1 am on Saturday. “They took him home in the afternoon for a bath and change of clothes and took him away again,” the source said.

Latif and his brother-in-law Riyaz Ali (23) were arrested later on the same day for allegedly planning attacks across the city on the instructions of their Pakistani handler, ATS chief K.P. Raghuvanshi has said.

“Like the other two, Sheikh too applied for a passport,” a police officer said. “He is being questioned.”

Rizwan Quereshi, Sheikh’s friend from the locality, said: “He applied for the passport as he wants residential proof.”z
Sources said Sheikh and his physically challenged sister earn by teaching slum students. “His younger brother is a gym instructor, another brother does odd jobs.”

Raghuvanshi, who has angered the Centre by disclosing sensitive case details to the media, refused to comment on the detention.