LeT suspect in ATS custody
A special MCOCA court on Tuesday sent a suspected Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative, arrested in Delhi last month, to the custody of Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in connection with the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.mumbai Updated: Sep 16, 2009 01:26 IST
A special MCOCA court on Tuesday sent a suspected Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative, arrested in Delhi last month, to the custody of Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in connection with the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.
The ATS alleged that Mohammed Aslam alias Salim, who was arrested from Delhi railway station on August 25, was in touch with three accused arrested in the arms haul case and sent people to Pakistan for arms training.
Aslam was remanded to police custody till September 29. The Delhi police arrested Aslam and recovered a railway ticket from Amritsar to Nanded in Maharashtra.
They seized two packets of sweets containing chemical explosives, two timers and four detonators and a Pakistani passport with his name as Yusuf.
“We want to ascertain if he has any role in the Aurangabad arms haul case,” said special public prosecutor Raja Thackeray.
In May 2006, the ATS seized 43 kg of RDX, 16 AK-47s, 3,200 rounds of ammunition and 50 hand grenades on the Nashik-Aurangbad Highway, arrested 17 people and booked them under MCOCA.
Thackeray told the special MCOCA court that the police were looking for Aslam since 2006 and he had visited Nanded and Beed.
“He was in touch with three accused of the arms haul case and also sent people to Pakistan for training,” claimed Thackeray.
The Supreme Court has stayed the Aurangabad arms haul case trial after the accused questioned the legality of the Section of the stringent Act that refers to insurgency.
Section 2 (1) (e) of the MCOCA says promoting insurgency is an "organised crime". But they claimed that the state government cannot make any law for insurgency, only the central government can do so.