The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested Abdul Gani Shah (32) from Nashik for calling up the official residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and identifying himself as a member of a terror outfit. In a related development the Mumbai Crime Branch has detained one Harishchandra Yadav from Nashik in the same case.
“The caller who introduced himself as the member of Al Qaeda,” said a senior police official. He had asked the CM’s personal assistant (PA) for Chavan’s whereabouts in several calls made on Friday evening. Every time the PA asked him about the purpose of the call, the caller would hang up. The PA passed on the caller’s phone number to the police.
Anti Terrorism Squad Chief, Rakesh Maria, told Hindustan Times, “ We have arrested Shah from Nashik in connection with the call to the CM’s residence. We have obtained eight SIM cards from Shaikh along with a diary containing telephone numbers of several ministers and senior officials.” Maria added, “He does not seem to be affiliated to any terror outfit. When questioned about the reason behind the call made to the CM, Shah said he had called up several officials in the past.”
Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime), Deven Bharti, told Hindustan Times, “ We have detained Yadav from Nashik in connection with same case. We are questioning him.”
The police are trying to find out if there is any link between Shah and Yadav. Earlier in the day the police were suspecting it to be a prank call.