Mumbai: Suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative Salim Mukim Khan, who was absconding for the past nine years, has been arrested from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), Mumbai during a joint operation of Anti-Terrorism Squads (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.
UP ATS is currently interrogating Khan in Mumbai and Maharashtra ATS is extending all cooperation in this connection. “On the intervening night of July 16 and 17, Salim Khan arrived at Mumbai International Airport from United Arab Emirates. Armed with this information, Juhu unit of Maharashtra ATS swung into action and started making inquiries about Khan. There was a strong suspicion about his involvement in some terrorist attacks on paramilitary establishment in Uttar Pradesh a few years ago and also in various anti-national activities,” said a senior official from Maharashtra ATS.
Considering the gravity of the issue, ATS officials of Maharashtra ATS and Uttar Pradesh ATS got in touch with each other and acted on the information. “Investigating agencies were looking for one person named Salim alias Abu Amaar alias Arif, who is the son of Mukim and resident of Fatehpur district of UP, for his alleged involvement in the fidayeen attack on January 1, 2008 on Rampur CRPF camp in UP,” the officer said.
After the attack, a case was registered under various sections of IPC, Explosive Substance Act as well as Foreigner Registration Act and it was being investigated by UP Police.