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IISc attack: LeT terrorist in police dragnet

Abdul Rehman was picked up by a special team at Nalgonda in Andhra.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2006 18:26 IST

The South India operations chief of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba has been arrested at Nalgonda in Andhra Pradesh in connection with the December 28 terrorist attack in the IISc campus in Bangalore.

Abdul Rehman, 35, was taken into custody by a Bangalore police team in Andhra Pradesh on January 1, and he was remanded in police custody for 14 days by a Magistrateon Tuesdaymorning.

Rehman has strong LeT links and it has been established, Bangalore Police Commissioner Ajay Kumar Singh told reporters.

The top militant was a frequent visitor to Saudi Arabia, where he stayed for a few years, he said.

Rehman was in charge of "violent" LeT operations in south India and the arrest would "certainly" lead to a major breakthrough in the IISc attack case, Singh said.

Asked if the police could establish Rehman's role in the attack, he said "since he has been arrested in the IISc attack case, there will be some or the other connection. We have reasons to arrest him."

The attack outside a conference hall of IISc last wednesday when bullets were sprayed from a AK-56 automatic weapon left a retired professor of IIT Delhi dead and four others wounded.

First Published: Jan 03, 2006 11:37 IST