Maharashtra ATS arrests man in J&K for alleged links with Lashkar-e-Taiba 'recruiter'

Last week, a Maharashtra ATS team reached J&K as part of their terror funding probe into the case. The ATS officials had been investigating about the J&K based bank account through which Junaid allegedly used to receive to run his terror activities.

Somendra SharmaUpdated: Thursday, June 02, 2022, 07:57 PM IST
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Maharashtra ATS arrests man in J&K for alleged links with Lashkar-e-Taiba 'recruiter' | PTI

A team of Maharashtra’s Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested one more suspect from Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in connection with the case in which 28-year-old Mohammad Junaid Mohammad Ata was held from Pune last month for his alleged links with terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), officials informed on Thursday. The agency sources claimed that the arrested person was a "crucial link" between Pakistan based handlers and Junaid.

The ATS officials claimed that on receipt of specific intelligence information, suspect Aftab Shah was nabbed from the Kishtwar area of J&K. Shah would be brought to Mumbai late on Thursday night and would be produced before the court in Pune on Friday, where ATS would seek his custodial remand. Speaking about Junaid's role in the case, an ATS official claimed, "He was a crucial link between Pakistan based handlers and Junaid."

Last week, a Maharashtra ATS team reached J&K as part of their terror funding probe into the case. The ATS officials had been investigating about the J&K based bank account through which Junaid allegedly used to receive to run his terror activities.

According to the ATS sources, Junaid was in active contact with active LeT members and was engaged in making attempts to recruit youngsters and send them to J&K for training to indulge in terrorist activities. "Enquiry had revealed that for this purpose, he had received the money in his bank account from a J&K based bank account," the ATS officer had said.

The probe had revealed that Junaid was in touch with three Kashmir based persons - Hamidullah Zargar, Aftab Shah and one Umar who are wanted in the case. During a short period of time, Junaid had used ten Sim cards from different telecom provider companies. The modus operandi was to use a particular Sim card for a short period of time and then destroy it and use a fresh Sim card, police had said.

As per the ATS, Junaid and other wanted accused were tasked to misguide, brainwash and create anti-national feelings among selected youth and recruit them as members of the LeT. "To this end, Junaid operated five Facebook accounts through which he used to post anti-national posts. He would contact radicalised youth to join the LeT," the ATS officials had claimed.

ATS had arrested Junaid, who works in a scrap dealer’s shop in Dapodi, from the house of his relative in the Dapodi area of Pune on May 24.

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