The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has taken a man into custody from Jogeshwari in connection with a terror plot recently busted by the Delhi Special Cell. The man has been identified as Zakir Hussain Shaikh who allegedly was the handler of Jaan Mohammed Shaikh alias Sameer Kaliya who was earlier arrested by Delhi special Cell from Kota in Rajasthan.
According to ATS sources Zakir's brother Shakir Hussain Shaikh is a right hand man of Anees Ibrahim has been in Pakistan since 2001. According to the officials, Jakir has been operating as a sleeper cell since long and was providing logistical support to Jaan Mohamed.
He instructed Jaan to leave for Delhi on Monday on the instructions of Anees, said sources. After Jaan was arrested from Kota, Zakir went into hiding. Zakir is likely to produced in ATS court in Sewri from where he will be sent Delhi on transit remand.
According to police sources, in early 2000 Zakir had fled to Pakistan via Nepal after his name cropped up in a terror conspiracy.
As per Delhi Special Cell's officials, six people who were arrested on Monday from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan were planning serial blasts in Delhi and UP and targeted killings in Maharashtra and other states.
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