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?Lashkar expanding base in Delhi?

According to the Delhi Police, LeT is the most active terror outfit in the Capital right now, reports Vijaita Singh.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2007 02:24 IST

Lashkar-e-Toiba, the banned militant outfit, is expanding its base in the Capital, according to the Delhi Police. In 2006, 17 terrorists of the militant group have been arrested from the city.

“It seems that Pakistan has started showing more faith in LeT than Jaish-e-Mohammad. One of the most important factors being the success rate of the LeT. They are spreading their operations very fast," said Alok Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (Special Cell).

According to the police, LeT is the most active terror outfit in the Capital right now. The group, the police say, has been receiving huge amounts of money through the hawala channels. Their spread in the city can be gauged from the fact that in 2006, of the 33 militants arrested by the Delhi Police’s Special Cell, 17 belonged to the banned outfit. Three belonged to Jaish, two each of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and one was from Al Badar.

Lashkar has become more professional in its approach and its success rate has prompted Pakistan to divert more resources to the outfit, the police said.

"Money has become one of the most important factors for the youth joining these terrorist outfits. In fact, they are more professional than before," added the DCP.

Jihad is no longer the driving force for the young men joining these groups. Instead, money has become the spinning factor. However, the big fish remain at large, these men are mostly used as "carriers" of explosive materials and huge amount of cash. The police had arrested two LeT terrorists, one of them a student and the other a government official from the Mahipalpur area in south-west Delhi last month. "The investigations of the accused Gulzar Ahmad Ganni (20) and Mohammad Amin Hazam (29) revealed that none of them were trained at the military camps in Pakistan nor had they been indoctrinated in the name of jihad," said Kumar.

Interrogations of Ajaz Hussain Khwaja, a LeT terrorist arrested in July 2006, revealed that he had earned Rs 4 lakh in a period of three months, just by working for the militant outfit.

First Published: Jan 09, 2007 01:04 IST