LeT terror plot busted in Nashik
Police suspect that explosives were part of the cache being transported by LeT suspects who escaped from Aurangabad.Updated: May 13, 2006 22:58 IST
The Anti-Terrorist Squad of Mumbai police on Saturday seized another consignment of weapons from Ankai Fort at Manmad in Nashik district, about 180 km from Mumbai.
Four locals were also arrested in Malegaon from the same district in connection with Tuesday's seizure of arms and explosives.
The ATS seized a AK-47 rifle, 200 rounds and a magazine, which was hidden in a a computer server cabinet, while it also recovered 50 hand grenades from a carton, the ATS chief KP Raghuvanshi said in Mumbai.
The huge arms cache which ATS recovered on Tuesday from three Lashkar-e-Taiba suspects in Aurangabad in the State, was also hidden in computer server cabinets.
A second group of LeT suspects, who fled when police intercepted them on Tuesday near Aurangabad, could have dumped the arms out of fear of getting caught, Raghuvanshi said.
Meanwhile, four persons from Malegaon were held on Saturday on the charge of assisting the three LeT suspects, in ferrying arms and explosives, taking the total number of those arrested in the case to eight.
The arrested were involved in changing registration number plates of the two four-wheelers in which the LeT suspects were carrying arms and explosives, Raghuvanshi said.
The arrested suspects will be brought to Mumbai on Sunday and will be produced before a court the same day, ATS sources said.
The four persons arrested from Malegaon will be charged of being part of the conspiracy hatched by the LeT suspects.
"By helping the LeT suspects in transportation, they (the arrested four) have also participated in the conspiracy hatched by the LeT suspects," Raghuvanshi added.
One Abdul Azim, who allegedly drove the four-wheeler in which the LeT suspects were travelling, had surrendered before Aurangabad police on Friday and would be brought to Mumbai on Sunday, ATS sources added.
ATS also said that it will invoke stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the Aurangabad LeT arms seizure case in view of the 'unearthing of a bigger plan involving many people'.
"We are most likely to invoke MCOCA. Our probe has shown that the case has all necessary ingredients to invoke MCOCA," ATS chief Raghuvanshi said.
At present the ATS has invoked the Explosives Act, but if MCOCA is invoked, it would give the ATS a shot in arm, since the law provides more police custody of the accused for investigation and stringent bail norms, ATS sources said.
First Published: May 13, 2006 17:31 IST