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Maharashtra Anti-terror squad arrests terror suspect Faisal Mirza’s relative in Gujarat

The suspect was helping procure explosives and weapons to carry out terror strikes in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat

mumbai Updated: May 16, 2018 23:57 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) on Wednesday said they have arrested a relative and conduit of suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Faisal Hasan Mirza, in Gujarat.

The suspect identified as 30-year-old Allahrakha Abubakar Mansuri was helping Mirza procure explosives and weapons from abroad to carry out terror strikes in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, according to the police.

A driver by profession, Mansuri was in constant touch with his Dubai-based handler, Farooque Devadiwala — a lieutenant of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Police said Mansuri was arrested from the town of Gandhidham in the Kutch district of Gujarat and produced before a special court on Wednesday. Chief public prosecutor Lata Chheda contended that Mansuri is a relative of Mirza and was tasked with renting space in Mumbai to store explosives and weapons.

The special court remanded Mansuri to police custody till May 25.

First Published: May 16, 2018 23:57 IST