Lashker-e-Taiba ‘terror-funding cell’ busted, seven Hindus among 10 arrested

From left- Arshad, Dayanand, Naseem Ahmad, Mukesh Prasad, and Sanjay Saroj) TOI photo.

By Muslim Mirror Special Correspondent

Lucknow: The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Uttar Pradesh police has reportedly busted a terror-funding cell. The ATS claimed those nabbed are inked with Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) and allegedly involved in terror-funding activities.


‘Ten persons were arrested from Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Pratapgarh and Rivan (MP) yesterday by the ATS. These persons were involved in terror-funding on the directives from Pakistan,” ATS IG Asim Arun told reporters here, reported PTI.

The arrested men were identified as Naseem Ahamad, Naeem Arshad, Sanjay Saroj, Niraj Mishra, Sahil Masih, Uma Pratap Singh, Mukesh Prasad, Nikhil Rai alias Musharraf Ansari, Ankur Rai and Dayanand Yadav, he said.

“A member of Lashker-e-Taiba used to remain in contact with them and ask them to open bank accounts in fake names and direct them as to how much money is to be transferred to which account. Indian agents used to get 10 to 20% commission for this. Till now transactions of over Rs1 crore have come to the fore,” he said.

He claimed the arrested persons had links with the LeT and some of them even knew what was happening.

“Some them clearly knew what they were doing, while some considered it as a lottery fraud,” the officer said, adding a detailed probe was on and more arrests likely. The role of the bank staff too would be probed, he said.

ATM cards, Rs42 lakh cash, swap machines, magnetic card readers, three laptops, passbooks of different banks, a country made pistol and cartridges were recovered from the possession of the accused, he said.With PTI inputs.



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