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e-surveillance comes handy again

ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE once again played vital role in solving yet another significant case. The STF sleuths not only succeeded in tracking down the phone calls made by the militants but also deciphered the e-mails sent by Bangladesh-based commander of Harqat-ul-Jehad Al Islam (HuJi) Asad Ullah and Bashir, who planted bombs in Varanasi.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 01:06 IST

ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE once again played vital role in solving yet another significant case. The STF sleuths not only succeeded in tracking down the phone calls made by the militants but also deciphered the e-mails sent by Bangladesh-based commander of Harqat-ul-Jehad Al Islam (HuJi) Asad Ullah and Bashir, who planted bombs in Varanasi.

The STF sleuths traced the clues leading to the plot when they came to know about the religious congregation in Allahabad held on February 23 and 24. In the course of investigation, the cops scrutinized the phone calls made from PCO outlets close to the venue.

While scrutinising the calls, the sleuths found that frequent phone calls were made to Bangladesh from a PCO outlet during the two-day religious congregation at Mauaima area. This clue helped them laying a trap on Wali Ullah—-the UP-based link of HuJi.

The cops soon explored the mobile phone number of Wali and it was put on surveillance. Though he always used to avoid using his mobile phone while he was out of his house he did not restrain himself talking to one of his associates Mohammad Shueb of Lucknow. The conversation between the two substantiated the doubts about involvement of HuJi members.

During conversation with Wali on different occasions, Shueb made queries about Varanasi blast incident several times.

The e-mails exchanged by Asad Ullah and Bashir too provided ample evidences to the STF sleuths to go ahead for the arrest of Wali and his associates.

First Published: Apr 06, 2006 01:06 IST