Sheikh Abdul Khwaja came close to organising blasts in three places in India.
Intelligence officials said Khwaja might have succeeded in landing explosives in Surat in Gujarat, Bodar (320 km north of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh) and Chennai.
Intelligence agencies intercepted a conversation between a Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) operative and his Indian associate. This revealed Khwaja’s affiliation with the LeT and that there were chances of explosives landing at the three places mentioned.
During the conversation, Khwaja’s Pakistan-based associate revealed that explosives had been purchased on December 27, 2009, for delivery in Surat, Bodar and Chennai.
Khwaja (26) was allegedly one of the handlers of the terrorists who attacked Mumbai in November 2008. He was chief of the Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Jehad-e-Islami terror outfit and was trying to build an alternative base in Colombo.