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'Bilal visited Pak, met top Lashkar man'

Bilal alias Imran who was arrested in B'lore, is said to have met Lashkar's Abu-Al Kalama, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2007 14:26 IST
Arun Joshi
Arun Joshi

Bilal alias Imran, who was arrested in Karnataka on Friday, had met Abu-Al Kalama, the top man of Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan, according to initial investigations carried out by Jammu and Kashmir police as part of its
"background check" on his antecedents.

He had shifted out of Kashmir 12 years ago. Bilal belongs to Sadarbal in Hazratbal area, on the outskirts of Srinagar city, the police have found out.

It has also found that he was out of Srinagar for 12 long years. He was doing handicraft business in Karnataka, locals of his area told police.

"We are trying to verify each and every bit of detail about him and his activities," one of the officers in investigations told Hindustan Times.

Director General of Police, Karnataka, K Srinivasan, has sought the help of J&K police as the terrorist was suspected to be part of the conspiracy to mount a terror assault on Infosys and Bangalore airport.

Since Bilal belongs to Srinagar, efforts are on to find out find out more than what he has revealed so far to the Karnataka police.

Bilal, during his interrogation, disclosed that he had met Abu Al-Kalama, top Lashkar-e-Taiba man who runs the LeT training centres in Pakistan.

When did he go to Pakistan and how did he go there, whether on a valid visa or did he cross over to PoK via LoC or did he travel to Pakistan through a third country? All this is subject matter of the police investigation.

At the same time, he has claimed that he was simply a courier. The Jammu and Kashmir police are looking at all aspects of the case.

First Published: Jan 06, 2007 15:40 IST