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Headley recce fallout: two men arouse suspicions near BARC

mumbai Updated: Jan 19, 2010 13:46 IST

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Two men entered the area around Bhaba Atomic Research Centre and fed inputs on road topography into their wireless communication service GPRS arousing suspicions of people against the backdrop of US terror suspect David Headley having reportedly conducted a recce there.

People in Anu Shakti Nagar, an area where families of BARC reside, got suspicious about the activity of the two men on the fringes of the country's high security atomic research facility in Trombay near here recently and handed them over to police.

Later, the duo turned out be two employees who were conducting a survey on behalf of Survey of India's office but without a proper sanction, official sources said today.

Police registered a case against the two for alleged trespassing and misrepresenting the facts and later released on bail after they produced a letter from Survey of India's Dehradun office showing that they had been assigned to conduct a survey of the area, the sources said.

The two persons hailing from a private firm in Bangalore were hired by the Survey of India for conducting survey work but the letter given had no clear instructions for them to conduct a survey inside the Anu Shakti Nagar.

Areas around sensitive installations are marked and are usually not shown on any maps but in this case directions and names of roads were being fed into General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) which in turn could have been connected with a private server.

The people in the area were already in a state of caution after it was reported that Headley had conducted a detailed survey of the area and that BARC could be one of the terror targets.