Red faces in Mumbai police over 'Pak terrorist' claim
India’s security establishment put on a brave face on Thursday after three ‘terrorists’ who it claimed had sneaked into Gujarat and Mumbai to carry out terror strikes showed up at a shopping complex in Lahore.delhi Updated: May 11, 2012 09:34 IST
India’s security establishment put on a brave face on Thursday after three ‘terrorists’ who it claimed had sneaked into Gujarat and Mumbai to carry out terror strikes showed up at a shopping complex in Lahore.
While Mumbai went on an alert, Pakistani media on Thursday reported that two of them, Atif Butt and Mehtab Butt, were traders at Lahore’s Hafeez centre and the third, Babar Shakeel, was a security guard at the same complex.
All three of them turned up at Lahore’s Gulberg police station — after Mumbai Police released their photographs — and insisted they were innocent and had no terror links.
Gulberg ASP Tariq Aziz told DawnNews that the matter would be forwarded to the cyber-crime wing of the Federal Investigation Agency for further investigation and to ascertain how the photographs reached Indian newspapers.
Home Secretary RK Singh, however, insisted that the central advisory about terror threat from five suspects to Maharashtra and Gujarat was based on ‘credible information’. “We stand by that,” he said.
Singh, however, refused to get into the details, saying, “we do not comment on ongoing matters”.
Officials, however, acknowledged that the developments could prove to be embarrassing for India, particularly when Singh travels to Islamabad later this month for the home secretary-level talks. New Delhi was hoping to build pressure on Islamabad to keep its promises.
Last year, there were red faces at the home ministry when names of two men already arrested by the police found its way into a list of 50 terrorists that India wanted Pakistan to locate and hand over. At the home secretary talks, India had told Islamabad that these terrorists were believed to be hiding in Pakistan.