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Man held for links with Pak officials

mumbai Updated: Dec 16, 2010 02:26 IST
HT Correspondent

The crime branch claimed to have arrested a visa facilitating agent from Byculla for his suspected liaison with two officials in the Pakistan High Commission’s office in New Delhi to whom he was allegedly passing sensitive information and photographs of vital installations in the country.

Joint commissioner of police (crime), Himanshu Roy made it clear that the police has so far not come across any evidence to link Javed Abdul Gafoor Mozawalla, 28, Mozawalla with the Pakistani Interservices Intelligence (ISI) or any terror groups operating from across the border. He also dismissed reports that the Byculla resident could be a local link of the November 26, 2008, terror attack. “But it is clear that he was acting on the instruction of the Embassy officials for the past couple of years,” he added.

Roy said following his arrest on December 10, the crime branch conducted searches at his residence. “We came across many incriminating and sensitive documents quite un-related to his profile (as a visa agent),” Roy said.

He added that the documents included photographs of important bridges, dams and other assets (installations) of national importance.

The police also came across photographs of army cantonment areas, telephone numbers of senior defence officers at various defence establishments and formations, a manual of communication and tactics for guiding Islamic terror organisations during the raid.

These information and photographs were stored in CDs, pen drives (2) which have been sent for forensic analysis.

Several mobile phones and SIM cards have also been recovered during the raid at his house, the address of which Roy refused to share citing ‘legalities’.

He said all the pictures and information had been gathered by Mozawalla during his recees of about 25 places across the country in the past couple of years.

However, the police are trying to ascertain how he gained entry into restricted defence areas (where he took photographs) and gained access to protected telephone numbers of formations.

He said Mozawalla would store these data and information in chips and pass those to the Pakistani officials during his visit to the High Commissioner’s office in New Delhi.

The police said Mozawalla had obtained two certificates in two different names from a private civil aviation academy in Mumbai. The course pertains to handling of ground cargo.

Roy said the police suspect the certificates could have been misused by Mozawalla for ulterior purpose.