Human Rights

ATs nabs 2 suspected LeT men

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti Terror Squad claims to have busted a gang of tanker drivers who wanted to target oil installations in three states. Two tanker drivers, alleged to be LeT recruiting agents, have been arrested. Muhammad Sharif Makkhandin Thakkar (33) and Muhammad Isak Kumlakh (29) were arrested on 15 November two days before Eid when they were supposed to join a training camp. The two were arrested from sun City Bar and Restaurant, Thane. ATS Chief Rakesh Maria informed that first they were booked under Arms Act as they were found to be carrying Tokarev pistols and live cartridges. Later on, after sustained investigations, they were booked under sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act which cover terrorist groups, conspiracy to commit terror act and for recruiting members for terror acts.

Residents of Gakahrot village in Rajauri district they had been working with a company called NN Sons. Sharif was living as a driver for more than ten years and his driving licence was issued by RTO Tardeo. According to Maria, “These two were specifically asked to look for drivers who had good knowledge of roads around oil installations in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Such drivers were to be recruited for terror acts. They had been asked to provide details of military installations in Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad”. They had completed a recce of Mumbai Central railway station.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2010 on page no. 11

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