Two more held; ISRO was a terror target

Updated on Feb 12, 2008 03:58 AM IST
The same militants were also involved in the 2005 attack on the Indian Institute of Sciences in Bangalore, reports Manish Chandra Pandey.
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Hindustan Times | By, Lucknow

A day after six LeT militants were arrested here for their alleged involvement in the January 1 attack on the CRPF camp in Rampur, the special task force of Uttar Pradesh police on Monday arrested two more suspected militants – Gulab Khan and Mohammad Kausar – in this connection.

According to the police, Khan had offered his motor garage for storing weapons used in the attack in which eight persons, including seven security personnel, were killed. Mohammad Sharif alias Mohammad Suhail, arrested on Sunday, had allegedly kept the weapons in Khan's garage, sources said.

Some weapons had also been kept in the house of Mohammad Kausar, a resident of Pratapgarh district, sources said.

The two have been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days.

On Sunday, the STF had arrested six LeT militants from Rampur and Lucknow.

The same militants were also involved in the 2005 attack on the Indian Institute of Sciences in Bangalore.

UP police claimed the six ultras had plans to target the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at Bangalore before attacking the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). The police learnt of the ISRO plan after the arrest of Gulab Khan from Bareilly on Monday.

The plan failed as Sabauddin, the LeT man in Bangalore, who had managed to gain admission in Presidency College Bangalore, failed to conduct a recce inside ISRO premises due to heavy security.

ADG crime and law and order, UP, Brij Lal told


, "After failing to strike at ISRO, Sabauddin decided to target the IISc Bangalore where they succeeded."

He said, "After Bangalore, Mumbai was on the hit list." Lal said, "The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) would now probe this case as well as the serial blasts case in UP."

With inputs from PTI


    Manish Chandra Pandey is a Lucknow-based assistant editor with Hindustan Times’ political bureau in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Along with political reporting, he loves to write off beat/human interest stories that people connect with. Manish also covers departments. He feels he has a lot to learn not just from veterans but from the newcomers who make him realise that there is so much to unlearn

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