Suspected LeT Operative Arrested At Mumbai Airport


Suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Saleem Khan was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) at the Mumbai airport on Monday. "A lookout notice was also issued against him subsequently, which was also active at the time of his arrest", stated a release by the UP ATS. "Further inquiries have also revealed that he was in touch with Aftab Ali, an ISI agent who was arrested in Lucknow for espionage in May this year, providing him instructions as well as funding".

During quizzing, Salim Khan allegedly admitted to the cops of having strong hawala links and that he received money from Mumbai as well. Having obtained a Pakistani passport, Salim settled down in UAE to avoid prying eyes of Indian security agencies.

Salim's interrogators also suspect of him being involved in a terrorist attack on CRPF camp in Rampur district of UP which left eight personnel killed and many injured on December 31, 2007.

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Arun said that two people, Kausar and Shareef, arrested in connection with the attack on CRPF camp, had told the U.P. police that Salim Khan had got training with them at a terror camp in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in 2007. "He was deported from UAE after his visa expired", Kumar said. Khan sent finances to Aftab, according to initial investigations.

In Mumbai, the police said the UP ATS will seek Salims custody for questioning in the Rampur attack and alleged involvement in severeal other anti-national activities under their jurisdiction. "Associated with the LeT, Salim has been laundering money through some businessmen in Maharashtra to fund terror operations", said Arun.