Terrorism-related Incidents in Maharashtra
According to sources in the State Home Ministry,
70% of Maharashtra's coastline is still vulnerable and can be
used as landing points by infiltrators at any time. This comes
after security agencies recently assessed coastal security after
crew members of a Pakistani boat allegedly blew it up when it
was intercepted about 356km from Porbandar in Gujarat. Sources
said it is the state's 1,020km-long creek line that poses more
of a threat to coastal security than the 720km-long coastline.
This is because the creek line is diverse and criss-cross according
to the regional dimensions, making it difficult to keep a track
of vessels, sources said. Also, most of the creeks have a mangrove
cover, which lowers visibility, making them easy hideouts.
One of the three Kalyan (Mumbai, Maharashtra)
youths fighting with ISIS in Iraq and Syria is learnt to have
died in a battle recently. According to the report Shaheen Tanki,
a close friend of arrested ISIS operative Arib Majeed, is learnt
to have died fighting in Iraq. However, Intelligence agencies
are now verifying the information.
Security agencies in Mumbai have gone into high
alert mode after two hand written notes scribbled on the wall
inside the Mumbai airport found on January 15 evening warned
of a terror attack by ISIS on Republic Day. According to the
reports, the two notes with ISIS names on them teasingly ask:
"ISIS 26/01/2015 is BOM ok' (with a plane drawn next to it)".
The notes were found in two toilets, meant for males, by a cleaner.
The Mumbai Metro has been put on high alert
after a specific alert from the IB indicating a threat of a
possible terror strike on the city's only metro line, which
runs between Versova and Ghatkopar. The alert was sent after
the technical intelligence unit picked up a mobile phone conversation
in which the plot was discussed. IB sources said that two persons
living in Andheri West, who are part of the alleged plot, have
been identified. Both the suspects were questioned by the Maharashtra
ATS and the crime branch. While the names of the individuals
have been withheld as the probe in ongoing, the police stations
concerned have been informed about the threat, said officials.
A close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim,
Tariq Parveen, was arrested by the UP Police from Mumbai (Maharashtra)
for his alleged involvement in a 1999 criminal case in UP. Police
sources said Parveen was picked up from Sarang Street in Pydhonie
in Mumbai by a team of UP Police's ATS, with assistance from
the Mumbai crime branch. Parveen was taken to the Sewri court
and his custody was given to the UP Police on transit remand.
Mumbai Police have busted a major fake SIM card
racket suspected to have international terror links with the
arrest of three persons including two sales executives of a
mobile service providers. 2,173 SIM cards, eight high end mobile
phones, thousands of fake Aadhaar card, PAN cards and other
government documents which 26 year old accused Sharif Khan procure
to activate these cards have been seized from his house in Govandi
in eastern suburbs of Mumbai. Two territory sales executive
of the two service providers have been identified as Atin Vast
alias Sharma (29) and Dharmandra Bangari (31). Police
have also recovered a personal diary of Khan in which there
are 24 pages containing several code words against various names
of foreign countries viz Afghanistan-1, Indonesia-1, Myanmar-2,
Pakistan-1, China-1 etc. ``Now our focus will be to decode these
codes and his emails and his facebook through which he was coordinating
with various people globally.'' Said Dhananjay Kamlakar, Joint
Commissioner of Police (law and order). Mumbai Police Commissioner
Rakesh Maria has set up a SIT and have included officers from
Crime Branch as well the ATS and Cyber cell to probe the terror
The pro-IS Twitter account, which was
suspended after it called for a "car bomb" attack during US
President Barack Obama's visit to India last month, is back
in a new avatar, this time targeting PM Narendra Modi too. "Modi
Obama the two Enemy of Allah. #26 January#flag hosting#car bomb#chemical,"
said a tweet through the new account @Magnetgas1 on January
25, adding: "The people of kufr is one Millah.#Modi#Obama."
The account, suspected to be operated by one of the four alleged
IS recruits from Mumbai, shows the location of its owner in
Mumbai Police said that the accused Shareef
Khan, who was arrested, last week along with his two accomplices
for allegedly running a SIM card racket, was chatting with internet
hackers from other countries on various chat groups. Police
arrested Khan for allegedly procuring 2,173 SIM cards by using
forged government documents as identification proof. According
to Trombay (northeastern suburb in Mumbai) Police, a resident
of Cheetah Camp in Trombay, Khan himself is a hacker and would
hack to procure identification documents like PAN cards, Aadhar
cards and voting identification cards from the internet and
later forge them. DCP, Dhananjay Kulkarni said "Khan was in
touch with some hackers from foreign countries and the exact
nature of their conversation is being probed." Khan has been
in touch with people from countries like Indonesia, Malaysia,
Nigeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Tunisia. The police,
however, denied any terror link in the case.
The widespread use of the internet to foment
trouble and brainwash youngsters into joining the terror bandwagon
has prompted the Maharashtra Government to seek the Centre's
approval for a CERT. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has written
to Union Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
in this regard. In the letter, Fadnavis said that CERT will
enhance cyber security in the state and boost the National Government's
IT infrastructure through collaboration. "We will extend all
logistical support." Mumbai is responsible for about 50% of
India's total internet load (as per multi-router traffic statistics),
he wrote. "Mumbai is more vulnerable to international and domestic
cyber attacks. With an expanding cyber environment and resultant
vulnerability, the next terrorist attack on Mumbai may possibly
be a cyber attack." A senior IPS officer said the Maharashtra
stepped up efforts to combat cyber-linked terror after four
youths from Kalyan were found to have flown to Iraq to join
IS. "We increased vigil on websites and monitored the online
activities of the Kalyan youths," he said. At present, Kerala
is the only state with a CERT.
The JJ Marg Police (Mumbai, Maharashtra) arrested
Iqbal Kaskar, younger brother of fugitive underworld don, Dawood
Ibrahim, for assaulting a real estate agent and attempting to
extort INR 3 lakh from him. He will be produced before a court
on February 4. Krishna Prakash, ACP, South region, confirmed
the registration of an FIR against Kaskar.
According to Police, a suspected man, identified
as Aasif Chunawala, was arrested from Mumbai in connection with
a criminal case that led to the arrest of Dawood Ibrahim's brother
Iqbal Kaskar and his associate on February 3, 2015. According
to Police, Chunawala was questioned for several hours before
being placed under arrest.
An alleged IM operative, identified as Ejaz
Shaikh was arrested in connection with a 2010 case (September
19, 2010 firing and blast outside the Jama Masjid in Delhi)
related to sending an email to a media house on behalf of the
banned outfit warning about terror strikes in New Delhi. Police
said that Ejaz Shaikh, who is in jail for his suspected role
in the July 2011 Mumbai bomb blasts, was placed under arrest
in the 2010 case by Crime Branch. DCP (Mumbai) Dhananjay Kulkarni
said the 30-year-old, who once worked in a BPO and is considered
tech savvy, was produced before a court which remanded him in
Crime Branch custody till February 13. Crime Branch had registered
a case on October 10, 2010 against unidentified persons for
sending an email to UK-based BBC news channel warning that IM
would carry out terror strikes in the national capital, Police
said. Investigation suggested that the mail was sent from South
Mumbai and accordingly a FIR was registered by Cyber Cell. Police
zeroed in on Sheikh, who allegedly sent the email using his
mobile phone. Police also added that Shaikh, a Pune resident,
is the brother-in-law of top IM functionary Mohsin Chaudhary.
Police arrested a henchman of Dawood Ibrahim,
identified as Tariq Abdul Parveen in an extortion case where
a Mumbai based builder was allegedly threatened and asked to
shell out INR 3 crore in November, 2014. Parveen, who was in
a jail in Uttar Pradesh in connection with a 1999 criminal case,
was brought on a production warrant and placed under arrest
in the extortion demand case, said DCP (Crime) Dhananjay Kulkarni.
He will be produced before a court on February 10. Earlier,
Parveen had been arrested from Nagpada by Uttar Pradesh ATS
on January 19 in connection with a criminal case registered
The Special Police team formed to investigate
into the seizure of 2,173 sim cards have stumbled upon some
videos and pictures of arson and riots in troubled Iraq in the
facebook of main accused Sharif Khan hinting of his possible
links with IS. ``We have taken all pains to find the source
of the videos of ISIS and who and how so much money have been
deposited in his accounts but he has been giving vague replies.
'' said an officer. Moreover even the scrutiny of his facebook
account Police found that he was in touch with `friends' from
Afghanistan, Israel, China, Myanmar, Denmark, Indonesia, Turkey
and other countries which has raised more suspicion of his links
A Mumbai local court granted bail to an alleged
aide of the fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, Tariq Parveen
arrested in an extortion case earlier this week. A police officer
said that "The Esplanade (magistrate) court granted bail to
Tariq Parveen who had been arrested on January 19." As the Police
sought extension of custody, Parveen's lawyer opposed it. The
court first remanded him to judicial custody and later granted
Aurangabad (Maharashtra) Police Commissioner,
Rajender Singh emphasized on creating awareness among internet
users to prevent cybercrime. He said the widespread use of internet
and smart phones has paved way for unconventional channel of
crimes that are difficult to investigate. "Information technology
has reached every nook and corner of the society. It has radically
changed the way people work, communicate and interact. It has
also simplified life of modern people to a great extent. However,
it has also altered the work culture of criminals and created
new opportunities for them," he said. In 2012, 31 cases were
registered under the IT Act and the number rose to 47 the following
year. Gautam Patare, Senior Inspector of the cybercrime cell,
said over 50 such cases were registered in 2014.
A special TADA court in Mumbai convicted extradited
gangster Abu Salem in the 1995 murder of builder Pradeep Jain.
This is the first conviction under TADA for Salem, who is also
being tried under the Act in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. Holding
Salem guilty, Special Judge G A Sanap said, "In the backdrop
of the use of sophisticated firearms and the brutal murder committed
by pumping 17 bullets into the body of Pradeep Jain and causing
bullet injury to Sunil Jain (the builder's brother), the prosecution
has proved the act was done with an intention to strike terror
in the minds of the Jains and the builder community."
A special TADA court in Mumbai sentenced gangster
Abu Salem to life imprisonment for the murder of builder Pradip
Jain in 1995. His former driver Mehendi Hasan was also sentenced
to life imprisonment. The sentencing comes after both the prosecution
and defence presented extensive arguments over the last week.
Salem is likely to move the apex court as appeals against convictions
under TADA cannot be filed in the High court. Special public
prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had earlier said, "This judgment will
give a strong jolt to the Dawood Ibrahim gang because it has
now been judicially proved that Abu Salem, along with Anees
Ibrahim (Kaskar), had hatched a criminal conspiracy to commit
terrorist acts in India."
Police filed a supplementary charge sheet against
accused Ejaz Sheikh in connection with the 13/7 Mumbai triple
blasts cases. Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said that
"We filed a charge sheet against Sheikh in the special MCOCA
court". According to the Police, Sheikh was in direct contact
with IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal. IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal was
the key conspirator of the three powerful blasts which had ripped
through crowded areas in Mumbai's Zaveri Bazar, Opera House
and Kabutar Khana on July 13, 2011, killing at least 21 people
and injuring 141. Earlier, five accused - Naquee Ahmed, Nadeem
Shaikh, Kanwar Pathrija, Haroon Naik and Mohammed Qafeel Ansari
were arrested in this connection. They are facing trial under
the stringent MCOCA, IPC and other laws. Yasin and his aide
Assadullah Akthar were also arrested later. Those wanted in
the case are Riyaz Bhatkal, Waqas Ibrahim Sad, Dubai-based Muzaffar
Kolah and Tehseen Akhtar Shaikh.
Mangaon in Raigad District
Hinjewadi (Pune) Police arrested a Bangladeshi
national, identified as Jaisemaddin Mostafa for illegally staying
in Mangaon in Raigad District with fake documents and was planning
to head to Saudi Arabia. He allegedly possesses an Indian passport
under the name of Terab Ali Abdul Bari, with a residence address
of Assam's Karimganj. Inspector Dhananjay Dhumal of the Pune
anti-terrorism cell said they will also be exploring a possible
terror angle, since Mostafa had stayed in Pakistan for a long
time. Mostafa revealed that, after working in Pakistan, he had
returned to Bangladesh and later gone to Saudi Arabia for work.
However, he had to return owing to some visa complications.
In 2013, he went to Assam, where he procured a fake passport
with the help of an agent. Around six months ago, he had managed
to get a job in Pune and has been working here ever since, while
his visa formalities for the Saudi Arabia trip were being processed.
A special MCOCA court granted bail to Imran
Ahmed Katib, an accused arrested in connection with the 2006
Aurangabad arms haul case. According to ATS, Katib was one of
the conspirators and was in contact with Fayyaz Kagzi, an absconding
accused in the case. Katib had been arrested from Beed in Maharashtra
The Cyber Crime Investigation Cell of the Thane
Police detected 10 per cent of all cases registered in 2014.
Data obtained from the Thane Police shows that its cyber cell
detected 41 of the 85 cases registered under the IT Act in 2012,
making 55 arrests in the process. The following year, 2013,
the cell registered 58 cases, detected 17 and arrested 24 persons.
In 2014, however, the detection rate took a nosedive, with 207
cases registered and 23 detected. A total of 27 arrests were
made, of which, 18 were aged between 19 and 30 years, the police
said. April 2014 was the cyber cell's best month, with 13 cases
registered, six detected and four arrests made. "The accused
in many crimes live in countries with which India does not either
have friendly ties or an Extradition Treaty. Perpetrators of
cyber crimes have also been using sophisticated software to
mask their IP addresses. This makes it difficult to find the
exact location of the accused," Inspector Sanju John stated.
A woman identified as Reshma Rajesh Bharat who
allegedly circulated FICN was arrested in Thane. Senior Police
Inspector S R Shivarkar of the Dombivili Police Station said
that she had been charged under Section 489(B) of the IPC. Police
is probing if any more people are involved in the racket.
The special court allowed the NIA's appeal for
extension and granted the agency the additional time to file
a charge sheet in the case against Kalyan youth Areeb Majeed,
accused of joining IS. The agency had on February 26, 2015 sought
the extension to file the charge sheet, which was originally
to have been filed on March 20. With this extension, the agency
has acquired a total of 180 days' time to file the charge sheet,
since Areeb's arrest on November 28, 2014, when he was flown
from Istanbul (Turkey) under NIA escort back to India. Areeb
was booked under Sections 16, 18 and 20 of the UAPA for conspiring
to commit a terrorist act and being a member of a banned foreign
terror outfit. Areeb was also booked under Section 125 of IPC
for waging war against the nation.
The ATC of the Crime Branch of Pune city Police
arrested two persons, one of them a minor boy, for possession
of FICN. Police have recovered 398 FICN of INR 500 denomination
from the suspects. Acting on a tip-off to Inspector Dhananjay
Dhumal of ATC, a Police team laid a trap and arrested the suspects
under the Shivaji Maharaj bridge near Pune Municipal Corporation.
One of the suspects was identified as Faizuddin Ali alias
Lalu Taufsar Ali (22), a native of Malda District in West Bengal.
Police also detained his aide who is a teenager boy. Faizuddin
was arrested under appropriate sections of the Indian Penal
Code (IPC). His minor accomplice was detained and then shifted
to remand home as per the court's order. The offence in this
case has been registered at the Shivajinagar Police Station.
Fahad Shaikh, one of the four Kalyan youths
who ran away and joined the IS has got in touch with his family,
but rebuffed calls to return, saying "I am happy with my jihadi
work, I won't come back to India". Shaikh got in touch about
a month ago and has since been calling his family and some friends
frequently on phone or Skype and other VoIP platforms, said
sources familiar with the case of the four youths, all in their
twenties. He has confirmed that Saheem Tanki, one of the three
youths who went with him, is dead. He reportedly sent a photograph
of Tanki at the location where he died to his family. NIA sleuths
managed to contact Shaikh on a phone number he had called from,
and he told them he won't return as his community was not treated
well here. He again claimed he was happy with jihad but refused
to elaborate what he was doing in Raqqa, Syria.
The Bombay high court upheld a judgment of the
Pune sessions court that convicted three persons from West Bengal
for possession of FICN worth INR 25,000. Manirul Maulavi Mustafa,
Ansar Bashir Husein and Kamaluddin Arsad Ali were arrested by
the Samarth Police from Shiralsheth chowk in Rasta Peth in Pune,
Maharashtra on July 31, 2011. They had moved a criminal appeal
against their conviction and sentences of six years' rigorous
A special NIA court allowed an application made
by the Agency seeking a 60-day extension to file the charge
sheet against suspected IS or ISIS operative Areeb Majeed. Meanwhile,
on March 25 the Court is likely to hear his bail application.
Majeed's lawyer Wahab Khan, in his bail plea, had objected to
the first extension and said the court that passed the order
did not have the jurisdiction to do so. The bail plea states
that only the Special Court constituted under the NIA has the
power to pass an order. The defence said under such circumstances,
Majeed could file a bail plea on the ground that the charge
sheet was not filed within the mandatory 90 days. Majeed was
arrested on November 28, 2014 for allegedly being associated
with IS, and waging war against the Asian countries with whom
India has friendly relations.
Maharashtra ATS took custody of two alleged
associates of IM 'India operations chief' Yasin Bhatkal in connection
with the July 13, 2011 (13/7) Mumbai blast from Bangalore Police.
Sayyed Ismail Afaq Lanka and Saddam Hussain Fairoz Khan are
suspected to have provided explosive materials to Yasin to carry
out blasts across the country.
The Maharashtra state legislature expressed
concern over the sharp rise in the number of cybercrime cases
in the state and law enforcement agencies' inability to bring
the crooks to book. CM Devendra Fadnavis, who has the charge
of Home Department, told the Lower House (Vidhan Sabha)
that Maharashtra had registered 3,633 cases of online frauds
in the past two years, but was yet to see any conviction. The
CM said that while 937 cybercrime cases were registered in 2013,
the number rose to 2,696 in 2014.
A court in Mumbai (Maharashtra) discharged Ejaz
Shaikh (28), a suspected IM operative, in a case of sending
terror email after the 2010 Varanasi bomb blast. "During the
investigation, the Police did not find evidence against Shaikh
and hence we filed an application under Section 169 of the Code
of Criminal Procedure requesting the court to discharge him
from the case," confirmed a senior ATS officer.
||Raqqa / Syria
Social media accounts linked to known supporters
of IS have claimed that another Indian has died fighting for
the jihadi group in its stronghold of Raqqa in Syria.
One such Twitter handle - @mukminSharia - identified
the Indian as Abdul Rahman. Another handle - @magnetgas16 -
claimed that he (Abdul Rahman) was the third Indian to die fighting
for the group. Security agencies believe that this handle is
being operated by one of the four youths from Thane who went
to Iraq last year to fight for IS. One of them, Areeb Majeed,
returned to India in November 2014.
The SC confirmed the death penalty for 1993
Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, and
rejected his plea to reconsider the previous verdict. A three-judge
bench led by Justice Anil R Dave dismissed the review petition
by Yakub after holding there was no ground to interfere with
the judgment to hand out capital punishment to him.
Indian intelligence agencies have warned all
states and union territories about LeT's plans to launch fresh
attacks at hotels, railway stations and metro stations in key
cities over the next few months. The alert is based on inputs
passed on by railway authorities in Mumbai that LeT is planning
a 26/11 type strike at hotels and railway stations in the city.
The Mumbai alert had warned that around 8-10 terrorist may infiltrate
through the sea route to execute the attack.
Glaring loopholes in Maharashtra's coastal security
were exposed in a recent report of the CAG, which pointed to
such problems as inadequate infrastructure. The CAG, in its
report on the general and social sector for the year has pointed
to deficiencies in planning for the scheme, delays in construction
of coastal police stations and check posts, and infrastructure
and manpower shortage.
The GRP in Mumbai issued instructions to all
Police Stations to increase security. The intelligence alert
mentions a possible attack by a group of 8 to 10 LeT militants
anytime during the next three months on the railway stations
and in key locations in the city.
A man, identified as Ibrahim Shaikh hailing
from Malda District in West Bengal was arrested along with FICN
with a face value of INR 1,00,000 in Pune. The arrest of Shaikh,
on a tip-off, is expected to yield clues on the racket operating
across the India-Bangladesh border, Police said. The accused
has been booked under Section 489 (b) (c) of the IPC. The Police
said Shaikh had revealed he had been circulating FICN in Pune
for the past five years.
Mumbai Police is probing an e-mail threat to
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, allegedly made by an unidentified
person with possible links to the terror outfit ISIS. Rajan
received the e-mail in his official account from a gmail ID
'isis583848' last month. The email account "was being accessed
from 10 different countries" including Australia, Italy, US,
Nigeria, Poland, Germany, Hong Kong and Ukraine.
A confidential and thorough combing, in addition
to security checks has been conducted along the coast of Palghar
in Maharashtra, which adjoins the international waters of Pakistan.
This examination was done after the Commissioner of the GRP
alerted the ATS of possible terror attacks, via the sea route
in the city.
Jogeshwari East/ Mumbai
Jogeshwari Police arrested two persons, including
a Nepali national along with FICNs and the materials used to
produce them at their residence in a Meghwadi slum in Jogeshwari
East (a western suburb of Mumbai). The two accused are Marshal
Posco Lobo and Bhim Bahadur Mashriangi, a Nepali national who
has been in India since 2002, was using an alias Ravi Kumbhsingh
and had claimed that he was an Indian. According to the Police,
the two were arrested up from Guffa Road near the Jain temple
in Jogeshwari East in the early hours of April 22. While the
Police were patrolling the area, the duo raised suspicions and
was asked to stop. Their carry bag was checked and FICNs about
INR 1.3 lakh was found. The next day (April 23), their house
in Meghwadi was raided and FICN worth of INR 4 lakh was recovered.
FICNs worth INR 13,300 were deposited in the
SBI, Marketyard branch in Pune, between June 2013 and November
27, 2014. The incident came to light after the bank's cash officer
Suryakant Bhalerao (59), a resident of Hadapsar, registered
a complaint under section 489 (b) (using fake notes as genuine)
of the IPC. Senior Inspector Deepak Nikam, in-charge of the
Swargate Police Station, on April 24 said that as per the RBI
norms, the bank can register a FIR against unidentified men
if five or more fake currency notes are deposited in its account.
The Bombay High Court held that MCOCA can be
applied along with the UAPA in terrorism cases. The ruling came
while accepting an appeal filed by the Maharashtra ATS in Pune's
Jangli Maharaj blasts case of August 21, 2012.
An Afghan businessman is believed to be allegedly
indoctrinating youth from Maharashtra to join IS, claims NIA
which has sent its first judicial requests in the case to Afghanistan
seeking details of the person. The Afghan national, whose name
has been withheld, was running business of dry fruits in India
and allegedly approached the four young men from Kalyan area
neighbouring Mumbai and incited them to join ranks of IS terror
group, official sources said.
A special NIA court rejected the bail application
of suspected IS 'operative' Areeb Majeed. Majeed's lawyer Wahab
Khan had moved the application in March. Earlier this year,
the court had granted the NIA an extension of 30 days to file
a charge sheet as the 90-day period was up on February 26, 2015.
Majeed was arrested on November 28, 2014 and has been in Arthur
Road jail in Mumbai since December 17, 2014.
A Twitter account suspected to be operated
by one of the four Kalyan youths who fled to Middle East last
year to fight with Islamic State (IS) has been suspended by
the social networking site, after the Indian security agencies'
request earlier this month. Last month, the pro-IS Twitter handle,
'@Magnetgas17' had in a post threatened to kill "all adult males
in India, if they fail to accept Islam", prompting security
agencies to write to Twitter authorities. "The post of 23rd
April, for the first time, targeted Indians. We decided to take
up the issue and get the account suspended," a senior security
The NIA on filed a charge sheet before a Mumbai
court against four Kalyan youths, Areeb Majeed and his accomplices,
Saheem Tanki, Fahad Shaikh and Aman Tandel, who have allegedly
joined Islamic State (IS), under various provisions of the UAPA
and the IPC. The NIA charge sheet revealed that prime accused
Areeb Majeed and his three fugitive friends fought for the international
terror outfit as "fidayeen" after they were trained in
the handling of weapons and explosives. The charge sheet said
that using Ziyarat (pilgrimage) visas, four youths left for
Iraq on May 25, 2014, as part of a group. After joining the
outfit, the four accused were rechristened as Abu Ali Al Hindi,
Abu Uthman Al Hindi, Abu Bakr Al Hindi and Abu Umar Al Hindi.
They then underwent training in the use of arms, explosives
and battlefield tactics, following which they were inducted
as suicide bombers. Subsequently, Areeb Majeed participated
in several battles against the Syrian and Iraqi forces. He sustained
bullet injuries on two occasions and was once seriously hurt
in a US-led air bombing. He purportedly told the NIA that after
he was seriously injured last October, he decided to return
"for spreading jihad in India."
The NIA charge sheet has not made any mention
of people involved in recruiting the youths in India or those
who helped them reach Iraq knowing that they were going to join
IS. Sources said while the agency has identified such people,
it has as yet not found any evidence to link them to the case.
Areeb Majeed allegdly disclosed that while in India, about two
years ago he came in contact with the IS sympathisers and members
through social networking websites. In desperation, he contacted
people from various countries, including Australia, Turkey,
Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the United States, all of whom asked
him to first reach Turkey.
Central intelligence agencies have warned of
a terror attack possibly in Gujarat or Mumbai (Maharashtra)
in September-October this year (2015). The alert issued by the
IB apparently states that a Pakistan-based terror group is planning
to target Gujarat or Mumbai. The alert mentions that six to
nine terrorists could enter into India through the sea route
from Karachi or via the land border in J&K, said sources in
the Gujarat Police.
Maharashtra ATS said that they have no information
about any 55-year-old man from Mumbai having died in Syria while
fighting for banned outfit Islamic States (IS). ATS source added
that the Twitter account which shared this information
could be operated by a wanted youth from Kalyan, Fahad Shaikh.
Earlier, a tweet from the account said "A 55 year old mujahid
from Mumbai killed in Wilayat al khair, syria. May ALLAH accept
him.#Indianmujahideen". According to ATS sources, only four
youths from Kalyan are known to have joined the IS in the Middle
East. Police also said it is possible that some Indian working
in the Middle East joined the outfit and died. "But we have
no confirmation on that," the official said.
Rasta Peth / Pune
The Crime Branch of Pune city Police arrested
two persons, identified as Ramzan Barik Shaikh (26) and Rezarul
Shaikh alias Alikhan Nasruddin Shaikh (20) along with
FICN worth of INR 80,000 in Rasta Peth in Pune (Maharashtra).
Both the suspects are natives of Murshidabad in West Bengal
and currently reside in Masjid Bandar, Mumbai.
Maharashtra ATS has announced a INR 1 million
reward for information on three alleged SIMI operatives from
Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh module, identified as Meboob alias
Guddu Ismail Khan, Amjad Ramjan Khan and Zakir Hussian Sadiq
alias Vicky Don alias Vinay Kumar. These men are
suspected to be involved in the Faraskhana Police Station blast
in Pune (Maharashtra) in July 2014, which left four people injured.
Sources said the Maharashtra ATS wants to catch these men soon,
as they are believed to have set up several bases in parts of
the state in 2012. The men specialise in robbing banks and using
the money for jihadi activities, Police sources said. Some of
the members of the group had been trained in Kerala in 2006
and the group has close links with Abdus Qureshi alias
Tauqeer of the IM. In the past, several members of IM were sheltered
by the SIMI module. Incidentally, Pune was the centre for SIMI
in the past, and more recently, it has been one of the main
bases of the IM too.
The Pune unit of Maharashtra's ATS is circulating
pocket calendars for the year 2015 titled "Wanted", which carries
photographs of terror suspects wanted in different cases of
terrorist attacks and extremist activities.
Indian intelligence agencies have issued an
alert, warning of "imminent" attack(s) on Israeli nationals
and installations by al Qaeda. An official said the alert was
of a serious nature and all states, particularly Delhi, Maharashtra,
Goa and Himachal Pradesh where the maximum number of Israeli
nationals live or visit, have been asked to ensure no untoward
incident takes place.
Maharashtra ATS arrested three persons hailing
from West Bengal along with high standard Fake Indian Currency
Notes worth INR 115,000 in Pune. The three were identified as
Ashok Mandal, Gopal Sarkar and Jamidar Shaikh, all residents
of Malda District in West Bengal. The initial investigation
has revealed that the notes are coming in from Pakistan via
Bangladesh border to Maharashtra.
Police neutralised a FICN racket with the arrest
of five members of a gang at the Saptashrungi temple at Nanduri
in Nashik District. Fake notes amounting to INR 275,000 and
two vehicles were also seized from their possession.
The Maharashtra ATS filed its supplementary
charge sheet against alleged IM operative Syed Ismail Afaq (34)
and Saddam Hussein (35), who are suspected to have provided
explosives that were used in the 13/7 Mumbai (Maharashtra) blasts.
The charge sheet details the meeting between the IM 'India operations
chief' Yasin Bhatkal and Assadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, who
allegedly travelled to Bhatkal (in Karnataka), three months
prior to the blasts, to procure the explosives from the duo.
The duo has allegedly confessed to the Bengaluru Police that
they procured the explosives from quarries in Karnataka. They
managed to get the explosives through an illegal channel and
handed the consignment over to Yasin Bhatkal and Assadullah
Akhtar, officials told.
Four persons were arrested during a raid for
allegedly printing FICN in Akola District along with FICN worth
INR 40,200. The four members of the racket were identified as
Sonu Mankar, Prashant Telgote, Shailesh Yadav and Santosh Yadav.
A team of Local Crime Branch (LCB) raided a rented house in
city's Akot File area where four persons were engaged in printing
fake currency notes and recovered a laptop, two motorcycles,
pen drives beside fake notes of face value INR 40,200. An offence
has been registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 489
(selling counterfeit currency notes) against the accused.
Police arrested a five member gang along with
FICN amounting INR 2,48,000 in two separate incidents in Maharashtra.
Three persons, all hailing from West Bengal, were arrested from
Charkop in Greater Mumbai District of Maharashtra. Police said
that the accused have brought the FICNs from India-Bangladesh
border area. Based on the interrogation of the trio, Police
later raided a house in Bhagatsingh nagar slum in Goregaon (east)
in Mumbai and arrested two more accused.
With a text message warning of an attack on
the 15th day of Ramzan surfacing, Mumbai Police increased
security in the city. Extensive deployment has been made in
sensitive pockets and vantage locations across Mumbai. "The
SMS warns Muslims of 'Qayamat' on the 15th day of Ramzan and
directs them to remain indoors on that day. Post the SMS, security
has been tightened across the city, especially in sensitive
pockets," said an officer. "A similar message was spread before
the 1992 riots and therefore we are not taking the SMS lightly,"
Maharashtra government apprehends that suspected
LeT terrorist Abu Jundal, alleged mastermind of 26/11 attacks,
could be assassinated or kidnapped by rivals during his transit
from jail to court, the NIA has told a Delhi court.
In an application moved before District Judge
Amar Nath, NIA said that Jundal alias Sayed Zabiuddin
Ansari, who is presently lodged in Arthur Road jail in Mumbai,
could not be produced before the court here on several occasions
despite issuance of production warrant against him. In the plea,
the agency said the proceedings in the case lodged here was
required to be expedited and the trial could be commenced through
Referring to a resolution passed by Maharashtra
government in May 2013, the NIA said it "excludes the personal
appearance of the accused Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari ... after taking
into consideration request of Commissioner of Police, Mumbai
to exclude the above-mentioned accused person from the personal
appearance before court in various cases registered against
him due to possibility of assassination bid on the life of accused
by rival group or a bid to kidnap."
The court has issued notice to Jundal's counsel
MS Khan for July 17, 2015 on NIA's plea.
The government has asked the Supreme Court to
let it confiscate properties of Dawood Ibrahim's sister and
his other relatives in Mumbai (Maharashtra), pointing out Dawood's
kin have failed to establish their source of income and "lawful
acquisition" of these properties.
Police raided a FICN printing unit located at
Dattawad village in Kolhapur District and arrested four persons,
along with FICN worth INR 34,50,000. Police have identified
the suspects as Subhash Patil, Anuddin D, Ramesh Ghorpade and
his son Santaji Ghorpade. Along with FICN, Police also recovered
computers, cutter machines, photocopier used by the suspects
for printing the fake currency notes. Police said that FICN
printed at the spot were widely circulated mainly in the gambling
dens in Miraj in Sangli District. An offence was registered
in Miraj. A local court remanded the suspects to Police custody
till July 14, 2015.
Pune unit of Maharashtra ATS has cultivated
a volunteer force of about 3,500 college students to act as
its eyes and ears. The Pune ATS has jurisdiction over Kolhapur,
Solapur, Sangli, Satara and Pune Districts. ATS has a sanctioned
strength of a little over 700 staff for Maharashtra, of which
about 200 posts are lying vacant.
The Maharashtra Government is planning to hang
Yakub Memon, a convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts,
on July 30 if the SC turns down his mercy plea on July 21. The
SC on April 9 had rejected Memon's review petition against his
death sentence. He has filed a second review petition in the
SC in connection with the same case. The SC is likely to deliver
verdict on this petition on July 21. President Pranab Mukherjee
has already rejected Memon's mercy plea. Yakub Memon, younger
brother of the absconding blasts mastermind, Tiger Memon, was
sentenced to death by the TADA court on July 27, 2007. The trial
court held him guilty of arranging finances for the other accused
in the conspiracy for the blasts, which killed 257 people and
injured over 700.
Goregaon (west) /Mumbai Suburban District
A 62-year-old man, identified as Abdul Sattar
Bhatti was arrested in Goregaon (west) in Mumbai Suburban District
of Maharashtra after he was allegedly caught circulating FICN.
According to the Goregaon Police, Abdul Sattar Bhatti, hailing
from Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh, was arrested when he tried to
buy an ice cream from a vendor with a fake note of denomination
INR 100. Further investigations revealed that he had more such
fake notes in his possession. Police said Bhatti had brought
20 fake notes of the same denomination from Madhya Pradesh to
circulate it in the city. Bhatti chose the nighttime so the
bluff could not be caught. He has managed to circulate eight
The SC rejected the curative petition of Yakub
Memon, the lone death row convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial
bomb blasts case and the execution will take place at 7am on
July 30, which happens to be Yakub's 54th birthday. A bench
headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu dismissed Yakub's plea saying
there is no merit in it. The curative petition was dismissed
in chamber without presence of lawyers. The curative plea was
his last legal option to fight for life.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria held
a high level meeting with senior Police Officers discussing
the precautions to be taken in the wake of 1993 serial bomb
blast conspirator Yakoob Memon's hanging date. Maharashtra Police
have also enhanced security around the Nagpur jail fearing that
Dawood Ibrahim gang may retaliate or disturb the proceedings.
The IB has directed the Police to be on high alert in Maharashtra,
Gujarat and other states in Western India.
Four years after it registered a FIR in connection
with the 2008 Malegaon blasts, NIA has begun investigations
in the case. The case had been stuck due to several litigations
filed by the accused in the Supreme Court. "No investigation
could have been carried out without the case papers being in
our possession. Now that it has come back, investigations have
begun. Though Maharashtra ATS has filed a chargesheet in the
case, we need to look at all the facts and evidence afresh,"
said a senior NIA official. NIA DG Sharad Kumar will be travelling
to Mumbai on July 30 to supervise the case and give direction
to the investigations. The blasts, alleged to have been perpetrated
by Hindutva fundamentalists, have 14 accused as listed by Maharashtra
ATS which first investigated the case.
A Kalyan-based youth, identified as Amaan Tandel,
one of four suspected IS (Islamic State) joiners has recently
resurfaced on intelligence agency radars after his picture appeared
on Twitter. The Twitter handle Magnet Gas which
is believed to be operated by Fahad Shaikh, another of the four
youths from Kalyan who had joined IS in 2014, recently carried
photographs of a boatload of armed youth.
Yakub Memon, convicted in the March 12, 1993
Mumbai bomb blasts, (in which 257 people were killed and 713
were injured) was hanged till death at the Nagpur Central Jail
in Maharashtra. Memon was hanged at 6.35 am. A medical team
at the jail pronounced him dead a short while later. A Mumbai
Special Court had sentenced him to death in July 2007. The death
warrant was issued by a Special TADA Court judge on April 29,
scheduling the execution for July 30.
Chhota Shakeel, one of the accused in the 1993
Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial blasts case and the chief henchman
of Dawood Ibrahim has reacted to the hanging of Yakub Memon,
by stating, "Dawood bhai would have been meted the same fate
if he would have come at that time... it is clear now". Shakeel
also spoke of "consequences" for the hanging. "Woh (consequences)
to hoga hi,' he said.
Shortly before 1993 Mumbai blasts accused Yakub
Memon was hanged, his brother and prime accused in the case,
Tiger Memon called up the family. Tiger Memon called on the
family landline in the early hours of July 30 just one-and-half
hour before the execution. The number was being monitored by
a wing of the Mumbai Police and the officials listening in identified
Tiger's voice. The call was confirmed by security officials
in Mumbai and Delhi but senior Mumbai Police officials, Yakub
Memon's lawyer and members of the Memon family refused to comment.
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs
(Coastal Security) expressed its "shock" over a special report
prepared by the IB which found that about 37 per cent of minor
ports in the country are defenceless. Further, a report of the
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs (Coastal Security),
tabled has said the IB report should serve as an "alarm bell"
for the government, especially at those ports which are located
along the coastline of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
The special TADA court in Mumbai which is conducting
the trial in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case against eight accused
completed recording of their statements. Abu Salem, Riyaz Siddiqui,
Karimullah Khan, Feroze Abdul Rashid, Tahir Merchant, Mustafa
Dossa, Riyaz Siddiqui and Abdul Quayyum are facing trial in
In deeply embarrassing disclosures for Pakistan,
its chief investigator of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack (2008)
has stated that the mayhem was planned and launched from this
country and that the operation was directed from an ops room
in Karachi (Pakistan). Tariq Khosa, a top police officer who
was made Director General of the FIA weeks after the 26/11 Mumbai
terror attack, has written a revealing article in Dawn
newspaper giving graphic details of the plot and its investigation,
thereby confirming what India has been saying for long. Khosa,
who has held top posts in the Pakistan Government and Interpol
besides initiating criminal investigation into former Prime
Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination in 2007, wrote that
"Pakistan has to deal with the Mumbai mayhem, planned and launched
from its soil. This requires facing the truth and admitting
India feels that its stand is vindicated in
the disclosures made by the Pakistani chief investigator of
the 26/11 Mumbai attacks (2008) in a newspaper column that the
terror strike was planned and launched from Pakistani soil.
Government sources said that "We have always insisted that the
2008 terror attack were planned, financed and carried out by
people from Pakistan. Also, it is our view that 99 per cent
of the evidence in the Mumbai case is in Pakistan." They added
that prosecutors in Pakistan had enough evidence against the
perpetrators of the deadly attacks and that if they had revealed
it the outcome of the trial would have been different, a reference
to the fact that those responsible for it, including Zakiur
Rehman Lakhvi, are roaming free in Pakistan.
Police arrested one person, identified as Ikramul
Haq Hussain Ali Shaikh for possession of FICNs of INR 3,50,000,
from Bhiwandi (Maharashtra). The arrested man, told the Police
that he had brought the notes from West Bengal to circulate
them in several cities.
Dawood Ibrahim's close aide Yakub Khan alias
Yeda Yakub, a key accused in the 1993 serial blasts of Mumbai,
is believed to have died in Karachi, Pakistan, according to
Indian Intelligence sources. Sources said that Khan, who had
been unwell for a few months, suffered a heart attack. He died
before he could be rushed to a hospital. Khan is survived by
his wife and children who run a construction business in Mumbai.
Confirming the report, Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria,
who had led investigations into the blasts, said: "We have heard
about Yeda Yakub's death from unofficial channels.''
The special court allowed a plea by the NIA
to conduct the trial of the alleged 26/11 (November 26, 2008)
Mumbai attack mastermind Abu Jundal through video conferencing.
In its plea seeking trial through video conferencing, the NIA
stated that the Maharashtra government feared that the suspected
LeT operative could either be killed or abducted while being
brought to the Delhi court. Jundal is currently lodged at Mumbai's
Arthur Road Jail.
A group of men from the coastal Karnataka town
of Bhatkal, accused of supplying explosives to the IM for bomb
blasts in Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad between
2010 and 2013, may have also provided the RDX for the February
13, 2010, Germany Bakery attack in Pune in Maharashtra. The
German Bakery blast is incidentally the only instance in recent
times where the IM used RDX as an explosive. Its source has
been a key unanswered question in the probe since the IM, from
forensic records of nearly a dozen blasts linked to it, is known
to use easily available ammonium nitrate. Police suspect RDX
consignment went into the making of IEDs by key IM operative
Yasin Ahmed Siddibappa for the German Bakery blast.
Acting on a tip off, the city Crime Branch of
Mumbai Police arrested a man, identified as Rafikul Shaikh (22),
along with FICN worth of INR 1.61 lakhs in the denomination
of 1,000 from Kalina, Santacruz (East) in Mumbai.
India had prepared a list of 22 lapses in Pakistan's
investigation into the November 26, 2008 (26/11) terror attack
in Mumbai, and would have confronted Pakistan's NSA Sartaj Aziz
with it had the talks gone ahead as scheduled. The dossier says
a lot of evidence was ignored and many were kept out of the
investigations. The Indian government claims the conspiracy
to attack Mumbai was hatched way back in 2005, while Pakistan
has only investigated the 2007-2008 period. "They could have
examined (David) Headley's wife Faiza Qutalah to get evidence
against (Hafiz) Saeed," the dossier says. Qutalah, Headley's
third wife whom he divorced just after the attacks, claims to
have met Hafiz Saeed and was the first one to depose before
the US FBI. The dossier again raises the question as to why
the roles of Pakistani Army officers Major Iqbal and Major Sameer
were not investigated.
Kalwa bridge / Thane District
Mumbai City Police busted an inter-state gang
of circulating FICN with the arrest of two persons hailing from
Jharkand, identified as Abdul Shaikh (32) and Sahib Momin (24),
along with FICN worth of INR 3.75 lakh from near Kalwa bridge
in Thane District. Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) said
that the arrested duo were part of bigger racket that is attempting
to pump counterfeit currency notes into the system.
Thane Railway Station
Two persons, identified as Abdul Hamid and Jappar
Shaikh were arrested from Thane Railway Station along with FICN
worth INR 3,75,000. According to Senior Police Inspector N T
Kadam, Thane Police, they laid a trap to arrest the two accused,
after cops were tipped-off that some persons were to exchange
fake currency notes worth INR 1,00,000 for INR 30,000. The duo
was produced before a local magistrate court which remanded
them in Police custody till September 16.
The NIA opposed the bail application of Lieutenant
Colonel Prasad Purohit, an accused in the 2008 Malegoan blast
case. The agency said in its reply, that it had sufficient evidence
to prove Purohit's involvement in the blasts conspiracy and
to justify invocation of stringent MCOCA against him.
A Special MCOCA Court convicted 12 persons of
hatching a criminal conspiracy and subsequently executing a
series of bombings on Mumbai's (Maharashtra) local trains on
July 11 2006 (7/11), which claimed 189 lives and injured over
800 people. The 12 convicts, including key conspirators Faisal
Shaikh and Asif Khan Bashir Khan alias Junaid, were chiefly
found guilty of being members of terrorist organisation under
section 20 of the UAPA and of being part of an organised crime
syndicate under MCOCA, among other sections. Of the total 13
accused arrested and charge sheeted by the Maharashtra ATS,
one person Abdul Wahid Din Mohammad Shaikh was acquitted of
all the charges after nine years in jail. Five of the convicts,
namely Kamal Ansari, LeT 'Mumbai chief' Faisal, SIMI cadre Ehtesham
Siddiqui, Naveed and Junaid were planters of bombs at Jogeshwari,
Mira Road, Bandra and Borivali. They were found guilty of murder,
attempt to murder, causing hurt and criminal conspiracy.
The US has decided to include Mumbai as part
of a first of its kind initiative called Strong Cities Network.
The initiative intends to focus on large metro cities and their
Policing when it comes to terror threats. The main aim of the
Strong Cities Network is to create the first international hub
to systematically strengthen strategic planning, policies and
practices among local government practitioners involved in building
community resilience to counter violent extremism.
Naval warship INS Kochi, the largest-ever warship
to be built in India, was commissioned by Defence Minister Manohar
Parrikar at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. INS Kochi is packed
with weapons and sensors as well as advanced stealth features.
Special MCOCA Judge Y D Shinde awarded capital
punishment to five convicts, identified as Kamal Ansari, Mohammad
Faisal Ataur Rahman Shaikh, Ehtesham Qutubuddin Siddiqui, Naveed
Hussain Khan and Asif Khan. All of them were found guilty of
planting the bombs. "They shall be hanged by their necks till
they are dead," the court ruled. The July 11, 2006 (7/11) serial
blasts on Mumbai local trains has left 189 dead.
Acting on a tip-off, Police arrested three persons
identified as, Sunil Dattoba Kamble alias Bhausaheb, Sachin
Bhikaji Kadam and Mahesh Laxman Dhotre for circulating FICN
and seized 491 fake notes of 100 rupees denomination from them.
They were arrested from Donje Phata area in the jurisdiction
of Haveli Police Station in Pune.
Three persons, identified as Shaikdar Abdulla
alias Motu Shopan Mandal, Mohammad Shobug Motur Khan
and Najmul Hasan Ahad Ali Shaikh wear arrested near railway
station in Thane along with FICN with a face value of INR 406.
Nagpur unit of Maharashtra ATS arrested one
person identified as Mir Anwarul (30) hailing from Malda District
in West Bengal along with FICN with face value of INR 900,000.
Smuggler Mir Hussain (30), who was arrested
on October 4, along with FICN with face value of INR 911,000
by ATS from Howrah-Kurla Express train in Nagpur, was part of
Pakistan's ISI network spread in India. Official sources said
that the incident came to light during interrogation of the
accused. The ATS officials had recovered PAN cards and railway
tickets from the accused who was found to be connected to ISI's
network in India. The arrested accused has been remanded to
the custody till October 13, 2015.
Mumbai Police filed an application in the sessions
court seeking issuance of a letter of request against LeT terrorist
David Coleman Headley. They want Headley to be produced through
video conference, from the US, in the 26/11 (November 26, 2008)
terror attack case. The court is trying, LeT operative and key
plotter of 26/11 terror strikes, Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias
Abu Jundal for his alleged role in case. "This court may kindly
issue a letter of request to the US district court of Illinois
to produce Headley before this court on the next date through
video conferencing," said the application moved by the Mumbai
The NIA has asked the US to examine two sections
of the IPC for which 26/11 (November 26, 2008) accused David
Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana have been charge-sheeted
here but were not covered by US law during trial there. If the
US Department of Justice (DoJ) is convinced, it could lead to
NIA getting the custody of at least Rana.
The Bombay HC granted bail to Aslam Shabbir
Shaikh alias Bunty Jahagirdar, one of the prime accused
in the case of the low-intensity serial blasts on Jangli Maharaj
(JM) Road of Pune (Maharashtra) in August 1, 2012. However,
while granting bail, the bench imposed several restrictions,
asking Shaikh to co-operate with the investigating agency. He
was also asked to not leave the country till the case is disposed
Maharashtra ATS has blocked a website, Isdarat.in
that was allegedly propagating jihadi content and urging
Indians to join the Islamic State (IS). The crackdown followed
the agency scouting for internet content aimed at inciting Indians
to either take up arms in West Asia or commit acts of terror
in India. Isdarat.in was blocked around a fortnight ago
after sleuths from the state counter-terrorism agency stumbled
upon the website that used Arabic language for posting IS-related
The special NIA court in Mumbai, while rejecting
the bail application of Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit and
two other accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blasts case, observed
that they could again engage in similar activities. After hearing
arguments of the applicants' advocates, Special Public Prosecutor
and Intervener, Special NIA Judge S.D. Tekale, in his order
observed, "There is reasonable apprehension that after release
on bail, again applicants will engage in activities for implementing
their ideology (of turning India into a Hindu Rashtra called
Aryavart) with the same mindset."
The ATS investigating the Yavatmal case (Yavatmal
District of Maharashtra) in which a 20-year-old youth allegedly
stabbed a Police constable to "avenge beef ban" is probing if
the arrested accused was a member of the newly-floated 'electronic
warfare technology group' of the banned outfit, SIMI. Officials
claim that the group was formed to facilitate creating an Indian
wing "on the lines of al Qaeda".
Dawood Ibrahim's close aide Riyaz Bhati was
arrested from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport of Mumbai
(Maharashtra) along with two passports. Bhati was at the airport
to catch a flight to Johannesburg, where Dawood's other associates
were supposedly going to meet and discuss the future of D-company
In a major development in the probe against
Islamic State (IS) militant Areeb Majeed, investigators have
identified the person who facilitated the travel of the Kalyan-based
youth to Iraq after he was convinced to join the terror group.
Presently on the run, the suspect, Abu Bakr Siddiqui, reportedly
a resident of Kalyan itself, had arranged Majeed's passport
and other travel documents to go with Fahad Shaikh, Shaheem
Tanki and Aman Tandel to Iraq on the intervening night of May
24 and 25 2014, disguising them as pilgrims. Majeed was deported
from Turkey in November 2014 while Tanki is said to have been
killed in an airstrike in Iraq. Sources said that Abu Bakr Siddiqui
was approached by Afghani businessman Rehman Daulati to arrange
the travel of Majeed and others.
/ Pusad / Yavatmal District
Maharashtra ATS of Nanded and Akola, in a joint
operation, arrested a young religious preacher (Maulana),
identified as Hafiz Mujibar Rehman alias Salim Malik
for allegedly involved in indoctrinating youths to join the
'jihad' or holy war through social media and sermons
from Mendhiya masjid of Pusad in Yavatmal District. Sources
from the intelligence wing said Maulana Rehman's name had cropped
up in the interrogation of Abdul Malik Abdul Razzaq, who had
attacked three Policemen from SRPF with a sharp weapon outside
Mendhiya mosque on Eid-ul-Azha on September 25.
The Sessions Court in Mumbai reserved its order
till November 18, 2015 on Mumbai Police's plea seeking to make
Pakistani-American LeT terrorist David Coleman Headley an accused
in the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai terror attack case.
The Police had filed the application before the sessions judge
GA Sanap on October 8. The court this week framed charges against
Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, one of the key conspirators
of the Mumbai terror attack.
Dharavi bus depot / Mumbai
Mumbai Police arrested two persons, identified
as Humayun Sheikh and Rajesh Sheikh for allegedly smuggling
and distributing FICNs. The Police had received a tip-off that
Humayun, a resident of West Bengal, had arrived with FICNs at
Dharavi bus depot in Mumbai (Maharashtra), following which a
Police team laid a trap and arrested him. Police recovered 161
FICNs of the denomination of 1,000 and three notes of 500. Humayun's
interrogation led to the arrest of Rajesh. "Subsequently, Police
recovered another 143 fake of 1000 denomination.
David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani-American
LeT terrorist serving a 35-year jail term in the US, would testify
before a Mumbai court through video conference in the November
26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai terror attack case, his attorney said.
"I have seen the reports (about a Mumbai court asking that he
be produced via video-conference on December 10). Headley will
comply with the terms of his plea agreement, which is a public
document," John T Theis said. Under the guilty plea which he
entered in March 2010, Headley agreed that when directed by
the US Attorney's office he will fully and truthfully testify
in any foreign judicial proceedings held in the US.
Indian intelligence agencies have alerted anti-terror
agencies across the country, including Maharashtra, of a possible
escalation of terror activities in 2014.
To ensure free, fair and efficient probes into
criminal cases, Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil announced
INR 150 million as investigation fund to Maharashtra Police.
Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport
(BEST) have been incurring a loss of nearly INR 2, 00,000 every
year due to FICN being provided by bus commuters. The undertaking
received 568 FICN from commuters in 2012.
UMHA Sushil Kumar Shinde said India is in talks
with the FBI to bring back underworld don and 1993 Mumbai serial
blasts accused Dawood Ibrahim.
Four men, involved in the circulation of FICN,
were arrested by the Airport Police in Pune and fake currency
with a face value of approximately INR 46,000 was recovered
A sessions court at Khamgaon in Buldhana District
(Maharashtra) upheld conviction by a lower court of a SIMI leader,
Sayyad Wasimoddin, and sentenced him to one-month imprisonment
for possessing literature and other items pertaining to SIMI.
Bombay High Court recused itself from hearing
confirmation of death penalty awarded to IM operative Himayat
Baig in the German Bakery blast of February 13, 2010.
Four persons, identified as Saddam Faizuddin
Shaikh, Nobakumar Ravindranath Biswas, Asadul Faijal Haq Jaman
and a 17-year-old youth were arrested along with FICNs with
the face value of INR 50,000 from Pune airport.
Six persons identified as Abdul Shaikh, Mohammed
Aizul, Ravi Dhiren Gosh, Nooruddin Bari, Mohammed Samad and
Aizul Shaikh in the FICN racket had been convicted under Section
16 and 18 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and
Section 489 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) by a special NIA court
in Mumbai (Maharashtra).
The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra
Police had arrested the accused on May 14, 2009 from near Star
Cinema at Mazgoan in south Mumbai, after they received the tip-off
that they were planning to exchange money.
A court allowed the Mumbai (Maharashtra) ATS
to arrest IM 'India operations chief' Yasin Bhatkal and his
aide Asadullah Akhtar in connection with the July 13, 2011 terror
attack in the Mumbai in which 20 persons were killed.
The Maharashtra ATS while taking custody of
IM 'India operations chief' Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah
Akhtar alias Shakir alias Daniel alias Haddi alias Tabrez
on February 5, for his alleged role in July 13, 2011 (13/7)
Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial blats, focused on two points in
court: they intend to find out the source of hawala (illegal
money transaction) money sent for the blasts and to establish
that Yasin was a key IM man whose custodial interrogation was
The Western Naval Command conducted a review
of the coastal security of Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra.
A special MCOCA Court situated inside the Arthur
Road Jail granted bail to one accused, Mushtaque Ahmed in the
Aurangabad (Maharashtra) arms haul case of 2006.
Maharashtra ATS identified IM 'India operations
chief' Yasin Bhatkal as having extensively surveyed Police establishments
and religious institutions in south Mumbai, apart from Juhu
Beach and a branch of the fast-food chain McDonald's located
at the Andheri (West) railway station, for the July 13, 2011
(13/7) serial blasts.
IM top operative Yasin Bhatkal during interrogation
said that he and his accomplices had recced the McDonald's Andheri
outlet twice with a terror attack on their mind in 2008 because
the place is always crowded but was discouraged by the CCTVs
A MCOCA court dropped charges against a prime
accused, Firoz alias Hamza Abdul Hameed Sayyed, in the
August 1, 2012 Pune (Maharashtra) blasts case.
The Maharashtra ATS officers claim that wanted
accused Waqas Ahmed was not the only Pakistani roped by IM for
India operations as with most IM operative being arrested, the
outfit has done a lot of recruitment of Pakistani nationals.
A special MCOCA court extended the custody of
IM operatives Yasin Bhatkal and Asadullah Akhtar till February
Yasin Bhatkal used a social networking site
'Nimbuzz' to deceive Indian security agencies and send messages
to other militants, the Maharashtra ATS has found.
IM India operations 'chief' Yasin Bhatkal planned
to strike India soon after he fled to Nepal following the Mumbai
July 13, 2011 (13/7) blasts in 2011.
IM has established a new module in Rajasthan
and operatives of the outfit were "highly motivated" to carry
out terrorist activities in the country, the NIA has said in
its charge sheet filed in a Delhi court.
Delhi's Akshardham temple and Pune's cantonment
area were on top of IM's list of places to be targeted, the
NIA has said in its charge-sheet against IM's India operations
'chief' Yasin Bhatkal and his three aides.
According to the Mumbai ATS, Bhatkal played
a very important role in procuring explosives and making IED
used in 2011 Mumbai terror attack.
A Delhi court extended till March 6, 2014 the
judicial custody of two suspected LeT operatives, Rashid and
Shahid who were arrested from Haryana's Mewat region in December,
A Delhi-based estate agent, Dinesh Singh alias
Megh Singh who is believed to be a key link with FICN racket
was arrested by the CIU in Mumbai.
A Delhi court dismissed the bail plea of a suspected
LeT operative, Shahid who was arrested from Haryana's Mewat
region in December, 2013 and directed Police to conclude investigation
in the case by March 26, 2014.
Police arrested three persons identified as
Jhony Rabiullah Shaikh (22), Sanaullah Shabakh Shaikh (27) and
his wife Sharina (20) at the NMMT bus stop near the APMC fruit
market in Navi Mumbai, along FICN with a face value of INR 2,
Maharashtra Police arrested two persons along
with "high quality" FICNs worth INR 200,000 from Loha city of
Maharashtra ATS suspects that the money required
to orchestrate the 13/7 Mumbai blasts was sent to IM operatives
through the hawala route (illegal money transfer) and it came
A MCOCA court granted ATS the transit remand
of IM 'India operations chief' Yasin Bhatkal to take him to
Pune (Maharashtra), where his custody would be sought in the
2010 German bakery blast case.
Bhatkal will be produced before the Shivajinagar
court. A senior Police officer from the ATS, Pune, confirmed
Bhatkal's arrest. "We will produce him before the court on Friday,"
the officer said.
A special court remanded IM 'Indian operations
cheif' Yasin Bhatkal in Police custody for 14 days. The Maharashtra
ATS has custody of Bhatkal who allegedly planted the bomb in
Official of the Pune District administration
attached the house of terror suspect Mohsin Chaudhary at Manisha
Complex in Mitha Nagar area of Kondhwa.
On the prosecution's request, the special MCOCA
court, issued production warrants against two IM operatives,
Tahseen Akhtar and Waqas in connection with the July 13, 2011
Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial blasts.
Yasin told investigators that he was in Mumbai
during the 26/11 attack.
A report by the Currency Note Press in Nashik
said that Maharashtra ATS invoked the UAPA in a FICN case as
FICNs were of very high quality.
Gujarat Police, with the help of central agencies,
have unearthed a conspiracy to free terror suspects lodged in
different jails of India, including Sabarmati Central Jail of
Gujarat. They have tracked down a website which was operated
from a server located on an island named Tokelau, south of New
Zealand. This website mentions the names of terror suspects
to be freed. Investigations revealed that two IM operatives
and are based in Waziristan of Pakistan, are suspected of operating
the website. While one hails from Bhatkal of Uttara Kannada
District of Karnataka, and has named himself after Mohammed
Ata, the 9/11 attacker, the other is from Mumbai in Maharashtra.
Both of them are in touch with their IM counterparts in India
and their website invites youths from India for Jihad.
President Pranab Mukherjee rejected the mercy
petition of Yakub Abdul Razzak Memon, convicted in the 1993
Mumbai serial blasts case. Memon is the brother of Ibrahim Memon
alias Tiger Memon, the alleged mastermind and main accused
in the case, who is absconding.
The Mumbai Police Crime Branch invoked the UAPA,
2012, in a FICN case slapping against four persons arrested
in March, 2014. Police filed a charge sheet of around 800 pages
against the four arrested accused identified as Jaspal Singh
(30), Mukesh Singh (40), Dayal Mandal (30), and Dinesh Singh
Megh Singh (40).
Five persons from West Bengal, identified as
Mohammad Shakeer Taymur Sheikh, Sukumar Sirkar, Abhiral Islam
Sohabuddin Mobin, Mohammad Samad Hussain, Mohammad Aziz and
Mohammad Tanu Sheikh were arrested along with FICN with the
face value of INR 4,43000 from Gittikhadan area in Nagpur city
of Nagpur District.
Principal District and Sessions Judge Kalidas
Wadane sentenced Ali Waquar Shaikh to RI for seven years with
a penalty of INR 5,000 after convicting him in a FICN case.
Shaikh who hails from West Bengal, indulged in trade of fake
currency, and was arrested by Hinjewadi Police after he tried
to give FICN to a general store owner at Tathawade near Hinjewadi
in Pune District on July 6, 2011.
Based on an intelligence input that Ibrahim
"Tiger" Memon, the main accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts
case had a meeting with ISI in Islamabad around May 15, 2014,
to discuss plans to engineer blasts and attack soft targets
in New Delhi, the Indian security establishment is keeping a
close watch over Dawood Ibrahim's plans to target New Delhi.
The Supreme Court stayed the execution of Yakub
Abdul Razak Memon, the lone convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial
bomb blasts case whose death penalty was upheld by the apex
court in March, 2013.
A special NIA court in New Delhi issued a production
warrant for July 2, 2014 against suspected LeT terrorist Abu
Jundal, one of the alleged masterminds of 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.
A special court in Pune granted 60 days more
to the ATS for completing its investigation related to connection
of IM arrested ''India operations chief'' Yasin Bhatkal's with
the February 13, 2010 German Bakery bomb blast case.
Police arrested three persons, identified as
Alam Shaikh (28), Ataru Rehman Shaikh (38) and Gulam Shaikh
(28), and seized FICN amounting to INR 3,80,000 from them near
Masjid railway station in Mumbai. All the accused originally
belong to Jharkhand and the case is likely to be transferred
to the NIA.
A top Delhi Police officer revealed that firearms
from eastern Bihar's Munger District are the preferred choice
of criminals from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Orissa, Maharashtra,
Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi, Haryana and Bihar.
Three alleged terrorists, identified as Mustafa
Sayyed, Bilal Ahmed and Afroz Khan were arrested by Gujarat's
ATS after they were summoned by local court from a Maharashtra
jail where they had spent eight years.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria launched
24x7 Mumbai Cyber Lab.
The English translation of Ajmal Kasab's statement
was submitted in a Pakistani Anti-Terrorism Court conducting
the trial of the seven accused in the 26/11 Mumbai attack.
Andheri Metropolitan Magistrate in Mumbai granted
the Mumbai Police permission to collect the DNA samples of Dawood
Ibrahim's aide Muzzakir Muddassar alias Munna Jhingada's family
members. However, the court also said that the Police cannot
use blood samples of Jhingada's family members as evidence in
the case of deporting him from Thailand. Police said that the
order will help them prove that Jhingada is Indian national
and very much a criminal from Mumbai who fled away in 2000.
Diva village in Thane District
A woman, identified as Rani Mutthu Mandal was
arrested from Diva village in Thane District along with FICNs
with a face value of INR 1,05,500.
Maharashtra ATS filed a 542-page charge sheet
against Yasin Bhatkal IM 'India operations chief' and his aide
Asadullah Akhtar alias Tabrez, before a special MCOCA
court. In the charge sheet, Police also disclosed the role of
a new accused, Wasim, alias Ibrahim, who is still wanted. The
two have been accused of planning and executing the 13/7 blasts
CBI filed a supplementary charge sheet in the
1993 Mumbai serial blast case against one of the under-trials,
Feroz Rashid Khan, in order to disprove his claim of mistaken
identity. The agency, in its 90-page document, has relied on
as many as 12 witnesses, who have confirmed the identity of
Feroz Khan. According to CBI, the accused is a close associate
of Dawood Ibrahim, and helped land RDX and firearms in Mumbai
prior to the 1993 serial blasts.
NIA has written to Maharashtra Police and Delhi
Police warning them to be vigilant and take ample precautions
to prevent terror attacks in Delhi and Maharashtra cities, including
Mumbai. According to the NIA letter, some IM terrorists led
by key operative Haider Ali alias Black Beauty had earlier
surveyed various places in Maharashtra and Delhi to identify
their possible targets.
ATS told the special MCOCA Court that it has
evidence against the nine accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts
case and their pleas for discharge from the case may be rejected.
The ATS' 10-page reply explaining the role of each accused and
the evidence against them, comes less than a year after the
NIA gave a clean chit to the accused.
The Maharashtra ATS, which is investigating
the 13/7 blast case, released a sketch of a wanted accused.
The name of the suspect, however, has been withheld by the ATS.
The ATS has also announced a reward of INR 500,000 for information
leading to his arrest. Posters with the sketch are being circulated
RTI query revealed that post-26/11 terror attacks,
Mumbai Police' arsenal has been strengthen with advanced and
sophisticated weapons. These include rocket launchers, UBGL,
AGL, sniper rifles, mortars, projector grenades, corner shot
weapons and cord-detonating explosives. That apart, cops have
also got a large number of general weapons such as SLRs, AK-47s,
Insas rifles, machine guns and stun guns. Mumbai Police Spokesperson
DCP Mahesh Patil said the department has been using sophisticated
weapons post 26/11. "These weapons provide the force with an
added edge to combat any terror-like situation.
The District and Sessions Judge S G Shete in
Aurangabad sentenced a convict Shaikh Nazeer to 10-year RI and
imposed a fine of INR 25,000 on him for possessing, using and
buying goods with FICN. Nazeer was arrested on October 23, 2011
from Kumbharwada when he attempted to pass FICN of INR 1000
denomination as genuine ones. The court has also directed the
Police to file a separate charge-sheet against four others,
who are absconding.
Maharashtra topped the list in cybercrimes among
other states of India for the second consecutive year while
Mumbai dropped one position to rank fourth against third in
2012 (132 cases in 2013 against 105 in 2012) among cities with
the most cases, according to NCRB report. Mumbai Police Spokesperson
Mahesh Patil said investigation has shown a majority of cyber
offences are committed by youngsters either to take revenge
or for fast money.
An IM terrorist, identified as Zahid Hussain,
suspected to be involved in the Pune German Bakery blast of
February 14, 2010, was arrested outside Kolkata rail station
under Chitpore Police Station. Hussain, a resident of Mirpur
of Kushtia District in Bangladesh, is suspected to be one of
the main conduits of IM leaders in India, a senior STF official
told. "Zahid Hussain was in touch with all the important IM
leaders and used to supply them with FICNs and explosives. He
is also suspected to be involved in German Bakery blast in Pune,"
the official said. "We are investigating all the aspects. He
will be produced before the court tomorrow," he said.
IM 'India operations chief' Yasin Bhatkal, told
Mumbai Police that he feels "proud of himself" for carrying
out the blasts. "Whatever I have done, I feel proud of myself,"
Bhatkal said in his confessional statement, recorded by the
Mumbai Police. Bhatkal also told the Police that he does not
consider the blasts carried out by him as a crime.
Bhatkal's aide Asadullah Akthar, also told the
Police, in the confessional statement, that he too does not
regret the blast carried out by him. In the confessional statement,
both the accused stated the details of the blasts carried out
by them in various places in the country, since 2005 to avenge
the 2002 Godhra riots.
The Bombay High Court quashed a special court's
order dropping MCOCA charges against Firoz alias Hamza
Abdul Hameed Sayyed, the main suspect in the serial blasts on
JM Road in August 2012.
After a span of 11 years, trial in cases of
bomb blast in the three areas of Mumbai: Vile Parle station
(January 27, 2003), Mulund train (March 13, 2003) and McDonald's
(December 6, 2002), began with a witness deposing before the
POTA court. A Crime Branch team comprising officers Ramakant
Padwal, Nagesh Lohar and Prafull Bhosale had claimed to have
recovered four AK-56 assault rifles, three pistols, two revolvers,
250 hand bombs, four grenades, 160 live cartridges, chemical
pipe bombs, bottles containing sulphuric acid, nitric acid,
ammonium nitrate and potassium cyanide. Three alleged LeT terrorists,
Abu Sultan, Abu Anwar Ali and Mohammed Wani, whom Police said
were suspected masterminds in the blast, were killed in an encounter
at Jogeshwari in Mumbai on March 29, 2003.
Five people, including a Policeman, were injured
in a low intensity bomb blast near Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati
temple in Pune. The bomb was placed on a motorcycle in the parking
area of Faraskhana and Vishrambaug Police Stations located 200m
from the temple. Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil said the
state ATS would investigate the blast. "It is a challenge for
the police as the blast happened on their premises.'' Police
suspect IM involvement in the blast due to its similarities
with explosions in Pune earlier. Police Commissioner Satish
Mathur said they were yet to ascertain involvement of any terror
group and were trying to trace the bomb planter.
The Nagpur unit of Maharashtra ATS plan to take
custody of Abu Faisal, alias 'doctor', failed due to Bhopal
Jail's inability to provide security escort to the alleged culprit
whose name has been linked to several terrorist activities across
the country. The Bhopal Jail's warrant, stating their inability,
was produced before Judicial Magistrate first class DS Parwani.
Faisal had formed a sub-unit within cadres of banned SIMI called
'Maal-e-Ganimat' with an objective to raise fund for terror
activities by robbing non-believers.
IB has warned the Gujarat and Maharashtra Police
that terror outfit IM is trying to re-group in the two states.
Intelligence sources said they had specific information that
IM could target SFs in these two states.
Maharashtra ATS which is investigating the July
10, 2014, Pune blast case said the blast appears to be a terrorist
attack. Investigators believe the bomb was attached to the stolen
motorbike. The explosive material used was ammonium nitrate
and petroleum product with some other chemical. The preliminary
analysis by the NSG and forensic experts has revealed that blast
was triggered by a crude pipe bomb, a kind of IED.
The Maharashtra ATS reportedly spotted a suspect
in a CCTV footage recovered in connection with July 10 Pune
blast. The footage shows the suspect parking a bike near Faraskhana
Police Station's parking lot before the blast occurred. On the
other hand, monitoring of the emails has revealed that online
messages were exchanged among IM terrorists in Karachi (Sindh,
Pakistan) before carrying out blasts, as per reports. A case
has been registered under Sections 307 (attempt to murder),
324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means),
120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), besides various sections of the
Explosives Act and UAPA.
As investigations into July 10, Pune blast progress,
agencies are worried about two persons from Thane who are reported
to have left for Iraq to fight along ISIS about a year ago.
These two boys are part of the 18 Indians learnt to be fighting
in Iraq and Syria and are being tracked by intelligence agencies.Sources
within the security establishment say most of these 18 hail
from south India. Some of those who have been identified belong
to Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. It is not known whether
any of them has returned but such exodus from south India has
become a cause for worry for the agencies.
The Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria
has sent a letter to all the Crime Branch and ATC asking them
to be on alert in view of the ongoing Ramzan. Sources say this
letter was sent even before the Pune blasts of July 10, 2014.The
letter also has a mention of Iraq-based outfit ISIL.
Abdul Mateen Damada, suspected of facilitating
payment for 13/7 triple blasts of Mumbai was arrested by Maharashtra
ATS. He was brought to Mumbai from Goa and produced before the
MCOCA Court which remanded him in Police custody till July 28,
2014. Following the blasts, he fled to Dubai, and a look-out
notice was issued in 2013 for him, after his name came up in
connection with funding IM for carrying out the blasts.
Maharashtra Police suspect that two businessmen
from Thane incited four youths from Kalyan to join ISIS in Iraq.
The four persons, identified as Arif Majeed, Aman Tandel, Imran
Tanki and Fahad Sheikh had gone missing since May 25, 2013 when
they had gone to of Karbala in Iraq on a pilgrimage. Police
raided the residences of the four and seized some letters and
pen drives. A letter indicated that they have joined the militant
outfit. They are believed to have joined the ISIS. Investigation
agencies have grilled more than 51 persons, including eight
former SIMI activists, to find out if they had indoctrinated
the youths to become jihadis.
The bomb that exploded in Pune on July 10 was
made by mixing ammonium nitrate with potassium chlorate and
small ball bearings were used as shrapnel to inflict injuries,
but there was no gelatine or RDX in it, Maharashtra ATS said
The four men from Kalyan in Thane District of
Maharashtra who went to Iraq allegedly to join ISIS-led jihad
allegedly left their hotel room for Mosul on the morning of
May 31. The four, Arif Majeed, Aman Tandel, Fahad Maqbool Sheikh
and Shaheen Tanki called for a taxi and left their hotel in
Karbala. Mohammed Saad, the caretaker of Ajmeri travels who
helped the four of them get their tickets, told that the four
left for Mosul leaving behind all their luggage and carried
only their passports with them. "All their belongings, which
were packed in four bags, have come back from Iraq and they
have been handed over to the ATS, Maharashtra," he added.
The blast at a parking area outside Faraskhana
Police Station in Pune on July 10, 2014, has prompted IB to
issue alert to all the Police Stations in the Maharashtra. The
central intelligence agency has asked the Police Stations to
ensure that their parking lots are under proper vigil.
A team of Crime Branch arrested one person,
identified as Uday Singh Nimje from Golibar Square in Nagpur
and recovered FICN worth INR 3,22,000 from him.
Police arrested one person, identified as Shaikh
Asif Shaikh Usman along with FICN in face value of INR 1,92,000
near Wardha railway station in Wardha District. The search revealed
385 FICN of INR 500 denomination which were seized by Police.
Two of the four youths of Kalyan in Thane District
suspected to have joined ISIS called up their families earlier
this week and confirmed they were working as members of the
militant Sunni Islamist group in the Raqqa province of Syria,
investigating officials said.
Security has been increased across Mumbai after
Mumbai Police received a letter threatening to attack Jewish
places of worship in retaliation for the Israeli attack on Gaza.
The outfit calling itself "suicide mujahideen" threatened to
carry out blasts at synagogues across Mumbai on the last Friday
of the holy month of Ramzan. The letter addressed to City Commissioner
of Police, Rakesh Maria.
Mumbai City Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria,
said that security at Jewish establishments had been increased.
The Jewish Chabad House at Colaba had been one of the targets
of the November 26, 2008, terror attack.
The special MCOCA court extended the Police
custody of Abdul Mateen Damda Faquee (50), who the ATS had arrested
on July 15 for allegedly financing the bombers to carry out
the serial train blasts in Mumbai on July 13, 2011 (13/7). The
court remanded the accused in ATS custody till August 2 after
the prosecution informed that ATS needs to track the trail of
Intelligence agencies who questioned IM operative
Zahid Hussain, arrested by STF believe that Zahid was an expert
counterfeiter of FICN. Zahid, according to them, was handpicked
and trained by ISI appointed master counterfeiter Iqbal Kana.
His questioning has also revealed that the 2010 German Bakery
blast of Pune was a joint operation by the IM and the LeT operatives.
A special court dropped the charges under the
MCOCA against eight accused in the JM Road Pune blasts (August
1, 2012) case. However, special judge A L Pansare stayed the
order for four weeks after special public prosecutor Raja Thakre
sought the stay to assail the order before the High Court.
Maharashtra ATS filed a supplementary charge
sheet Yasin Bhatkal in the 2010 German Bakery blast case. The
ATS submitted a copy of the charge sheet before the Additional
Sessions Judge N P Dhote.
The Bombay High Court has granted bail to Majid
Akhtar Shaikh, an accused in the 2008 IM terror email case.
He is the sixth accused in the case to have been granted bail.
Even five years after the charge sheet was filed, trial is yet
to begin in the case.
In a letter of caution to Mumbai International
Airport and other airports of the country, the BCAS has asked
authorities to increase security arrangements after they received
inputs indicating that IM may organise an aircraft hijacking
or forcible intrusion at smaller airports to release Yasin Bhatkal.
Two unidentified youths were arrested by Mumbai
ATS, who are suspected to be in Syria fighting for the radical
To deal with terror alerts, the RPF of Central
Railway has formed a specialized unit of 30 Commandos, the focus
of which will be largely on Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus of
Mumbai. The RPF's 67-member canine squad will supplement the
unit when required. The Commando personnel are armed with AK-47
rifles and the department has already made a demand for more
District Judge I.S. Mehta, in an in-camera proceeding,
issued the production warrant against the LeT operative Abu
Jundal who is currently lodged in the Arthur Road Jail of Mumbai
in connection with a conspiracy to launch terror strikes in
A special court judge has ruled that the MCOCA
cannot be applied to acts of terror as terrorist activities
are not aimed at generating any monetary gains as defined under
MCOCA. Special MCOCA court judge A L Pansare said a person cannot
be identified as offender under the UAPA and the MCOCA simultaneously.
NIA court in Delhi kept pending the plea filed
by the Mumbai ATS seeking custody of Tehsin Akhtar and Pakistani
national Zia-ur-Rahman in connection with the terror cases lodged
against them there.
Eight persons identified as Mohammad Sanwar
Hussein (26), Mohammad Abu Kalam (24), Masedur Rehman (24),
Salman Shaikh (19), Mohammad Yusuf Ali (21), Sairat Ali Shaikh
(26), Mohammad Hazrat Ali (20) and Mubarak Hussein (24) were
arrested along with FICN with a face value of INR 7,00,000 in
Pimpri of Pune District.
A roadside vendor suffered minor injuries in
a low-intensity blast in the limits of Gokul Shirgaon Police
Station on Kolhapur-Kagal Road in the outskirts of Kolhapur
town in Kolhapur District. As per preliminary information, the
bomb-like device was apparently placed inside a cardboard box
near the food cart and when the vendor tried to open it, it
Shaikh Abdul Nayeem alias Sameer, the
suspected LeT militant who was arrested in connection with Mecca
Masjid blast and Mumbai serial train blasts escaped from Police
custody from a running train near Raigarh railway station in
Chhattisgarh. According to sources, Nayeem who is a native of
Aurangabad, Maharashtra, was in the custody of Bengal Armed
Sources said that IS, in a deadly pursuit to
establish an Islamic Caliphate, is recruiting poor Muslims in
Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra and J&K. The several
security agencies including RAW and NIA have said that more
than 100 Indian men could have already joined the IS in Iraq
and these IS recruits could be used to strike terror in India
once the war in Iraq and Syria ends. Sources also said that
an IM man who is declared as wanted by the NIA could be recruiting
for the ISIS.
Arif Majeed, one of the four youngsters from
Kalyan, a part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region in Thane District
of Maharashtra suspected of joining ISIS in Iraq, reportedly
died in a bomb blast in Mosul city of Iraq a few days ago. The
family of Arif's companion Shaheen Tanki told the Police that
they received a call from their son informing of Arif's death.
Muhammad Iqbal, whose name figures among the
suspects behind the 26/11 Mumbai attack, has been put on the
list of SDGT by US. The Pakistan-based Iqbal had made the payment
for the VoIP in Italy that was used by LeT terrorists in Mumbai
to communicate with their handlers in Pakistan. The US State
Department has also declared AME, controlled by Iqbal, as a
Specially Designated Global Terror outfit.
Two days after Kalyan youth Arif Ejaz Majeed
was reported killed fighting alongside the IS in Iraq, the Indian
jihadist group AuT has issued an online tribute to him, hailing
Maharashtra ATS questioned eight people in the
missing case of four youth from Kalyan who reportedly joined
the terror outfit IS. A cleric has also been questioned for
allegedly trying to indoctrinate the boys.
Maharashtra ATS has so far questioned 12 people
in connection with the disappearance of four youths from Kalyan,
who reportedly joined IS in Iraq. Some of these people were
in touch with the boys before they left for Iraq. All those
questioned are part of a group that meets and interacts regularly,"
an officer said.
The three youths from Kalyan in Thane District,
suspected to have joined the IS, are expected to return India
An alleged IM operative, Farooq Turkish approached
the special MCOCA court situated inside Arthur Road Jail of
Mumbai (Maharashtra) seeking bail on the ground of parity as
few other accused have already been granted bail.
Investigators probing the July 10, 2014 bomb
blast in Pune (Maharashtra) suspect the role of four absconding
members of the banned SIMI in the terror act. The suspects,
Aizazuddin alias Aizaz Mohammed Azizuddin, Mehboob alias Guddu
Ismail Khan, Aslam Ayub Khan and Amzad Ramzan Khan, were also
allegedly involved in an explosion at a rented house in Bijnor,
Uttar Pradesh, on September 12. Another fugitive, Zakir Hussain
alias Sadiq Badrul Hussain, was also suspected to be present
at the Bijnor house, but his role in the Pune blast is not yet
Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit
made it clear that there was no case against designated terrorist
Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, and
he is free to roam in the country.
Special TADA Judge G A Sanap has allowed the
CBI to prove the unavailability of over 170 witnesses, whose
depositions in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case may then be
used as evidence against seven accused on trial now and others
who are on the run. Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Memon and Mohammed
Dossa are three main accused in the case still wanted. The immediate
setback comes to Abu Salem and six others, including Mohammed
Dossa's brother Mustafa Dossa, currently on trial in the case
after the main trial of 123 accused ended in 2006.
The special MCOCA Court adjourned the July 11,
2006 Mumbai blast case till October 17, 2014.
Mumbai Police Crime Branch has sought Maharashtra
Government's nod to invoke the UAPA in two FICN cases. According
to Crime Branch sources, the first cache of INR 4,40,000 in
FICN 1000 rupee notes was seized from Reay Road on July 9, while
the second cache of INR 2,05,000 in FICN was seized from the
LT Marg area on August 8.
The IB has warned that "groups and elements
supportive of extremist ideology similar to al-Qaeda" are trying
to "increase communal tension" in states like J&K, Maharashtra,
Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP, Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala and Delhi.
The intelligence report (reference no-3627-60 & 3698- 3731/C&R
Cell-C-2/SII), has reiterated that al- Qaeda 'chief' Ayman-al-Zawahari,
who launched a new branch for the Indian sub-continent, also
intends to target commercial centres, tourist destinations,
religious places, aviation sector, railways infrastructure and
BJP offices in various states, including West Bengal and Assam.
The report has been dispatched to all state police agencies.
The special MCOCA Court discharged Abdul Mateen
Damda, who was accused of channeling INR 1 million through hawala
in July 13, 2011, Mumbai blasts, also known as 13/7, due to
lack of evidence. Officials of the state ATS had claimed that
Damda had sent money to a hawala operator in Delhi who relayed
the funds to IM.
Two persons, supposedly father and son, identified
as Abubakar Shaikh and Salim were arrested along with FICNs
with a face value of INR 36,000 in Pune. Senior Inspector Sanjay
Patil said that Salim, a labourer by profession, resides in
Pune and the notes with different serial numbers were brought
by his father from Malda District in West Bengal.
The suspects Abubakar Shaikh and Salim, who
were arrested along with FICNs in Pune, were produced in a magisterial
court, which remanded them in Police custody till September
The wireless communication wing of the Maharashtra
Police has been grappling with severe staff crunch as nearly
60 per cent technical hands have retired in the last few years
and not a single person has been recruited since 2004. Senior
officers of the state CID, Pune Police and rural Police claimed
that the staff crunch would surely affect their functioning
during the Assembly election.
Agencies probing four youths from Kalyan (Maharashtra)
who are suspected to have joined the ISIS have found a photograph
of one of them riding a motorcycle in Syria, carrying a flag
of the terror organizatio. Sources from local investigating
agencies claimed that the IB had received a photo from Syria
from their sources in which the youth is seen riding motorcycle
with three others. The IB shared the photo with investigators
from Maharashtra and showed it to the youth's family. But sources
said the youth's family insisted the person in the photograph
was not their son.
According to sources, a suspected terror financier
and senior IM operative slipped out of India's hands when the
UAE, under pressure from Pakistan, freed Abdul Wahid Siddibappa
as New Delhi was slow in sending the extradition request. Abdul
Wahid Siddibappa is a suspect in 2006 Mumbai (Maharashtra) train
blasts in which 209 people were killed. He is also a cousin
of jailed top IM member Yasin Bhatkal. Wahid was arrested in
Abu Dhabi in January 2014. Source said that Wahid was released
from a prison in Abu Dhabi in May and he could be in Pakistan
Reports said that besides targeting Delhi, Mumbai,
Bangalore and even Kolkata, terrorists also had plans to assassinate
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Haseena. Sources said documents and leaflets
obtained from the house at Khagragarh in Burdwan (West Bengal),
where the blasts took place, point to a larger plot to cause
The CID officers claimed that the terror links
of Burdwan blast seem to have spread across the country to J&K,
Mumbai and Tamil Nadu. DIG of CID Dilip Adak said "It seems
Shakil and his associates in Burdwan made and received several
calls to and from Tamil Nadu, Mumbai and J&K barely 48 hours
before the blast on the morning of October 2." Another investigating
officer said "We are now certain that Bangladeshi outfit JMB
is involved in the crime. Shakil and his wife are members of
the outfit. Analysing these phone calls, we are trying to find
out whether other outfits like IM also involved."
A special MCOCA court granted bail to one of
the accused in the IM terror emails case in connection with
the Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Delhi serial blasts. Farooque Tarkash,
an accountant from Pune, was granted bail on grounds of parity,
as another accused in the case who was arrested on the same
charges had been granted bail earlier by Bombay High Court.
Tarkash was among the 21 IM operatives arrested in September
2008 by the Mumbai crime branch, which was probing the terror
emails sent by IM operatives after the Ahmedabad, Jaipur and
Delhi serial blasts.
The ATS of the Mumbai Police arrested a terror
suspect, identified as Anis Ansari (24), a software engineer
who was allegedly planning to blow up American organizations
including the American School at BKC in Mumbai. Officials of
the ATS said that the accused, who had allegedly opened fictitious
accounts on a social networking site, had allegedly mentioned
about 'carrying out a blast on American organizations in Mumbai'
in chats with some Shakeel Ahmed.
The terror suspect, Anis Ansari, arrested on
October 18 for `chatting' with his friends on Facebook about
jihad and attacking the American school in BKC in Mumbai, was
indoctrinated by hearing lectures of al Qaeda preachers, said
sources. Ansari who has been booked under the charges of criminal
conspiracy read with IPC section of 302 of murder and information
technology act told Police that he was indoctrinated hearing
the Jihadi lectures of Nouman Ali, Ahmed Farooque and
Abu Bakr Bagdadi on the internet.
The Crime Branch arrested two persons, identified
as Ali Ahmad Jibril Ahmad Sha (35) and Arif Bar Sai (32), for
the possession FICN of INR 500,000 in Airoli in Navi Mumbai,
Maharashtra. The Police recovered 400 notes of INR 1000 denomination
and 200 notes of INR 500 denomination, and confiscated the car
used by the two accused.
A SIMI activist and an associate of arrested
IM activist were arrested by North Zone Police in Secunderabad
in Hyderabad District of Telangana. The duos, who are natives
of Maharashtra, were reportedly in contact with three residents
of Saidabad in their endeavour to go to Afghanistan for jihad
training. Police said that one of them, identified as Shah Mudassir
alias Talha, runs a general store at Umerkhed Yavatmal District
and is a member of SIMI. The other youth is identified as Shoeb
Ahmed Khan alias Tariq Bhai of Hingoli District and is an associate
of Mansoor Ali Peerboy (Media in-charge of IM, Pune Module).
Police recovered mobile phones, literature on explosive formulae
and jihad, pen drives, CDs containing militant training programmes,
passports and other documents from them.
A holiday court in Mumbai extended the ATS custody
of Anis Ansari, a terror suspect, who was arrested on charges
of allegedly planning to blow up the American School at BKC
in Mumbai, till October 31. Ansari, a software engineer was
arrested on October 18 from his office. A Police officer said
that "Ansari had used six computers at his office to chat with
two unknown persons about his plan and conspiracy. The Police
have so far seized three computers and are scanning hard disks."
The public prosecutor told the court that identity of the two
persons that Ansari had been chatting with was not known and
hence the ATS needed more time for custodial interrogation.
Anis Ansari, a terror suspect, who was arrested
on October 18 for being an IS sympathiser and conspiring to
bomb an American school at BKC in Mumbai has told interrogators
that he planned to kill Americans and other foreigners in the
city. As part of the plan, Ansari had got details of how to
prepare a thermite bomb and had created 11 accounts on Facebook.
An ATS officer said that Ansari spoke about his attack plans
with someone through chat. The Police have also found that Ansari
used to listen to speeches of international terrorists on YouTube.
Mumbai Police Crime Branch arrested a person,
identified as Rasheed Sheikh (37), a resident of the Vitthalwadi
area in Kalyan in Thane District of Maharashtra for allegedly
trying to circulate FICNs in Mumbai, and recovered FICN worth
INR 600,000 from his possession. The Police claimed that he
has confessed to have circulated FICN in Mumbai in the past.
This is the second seizure of FICN in Mumbai this month.
A teenager was arrested along with FICN worth
INR 9,000 in Virar of Palgarh District of Maharashtra. The currency
was allegedly given to him by a friend after being promised
money. The teen told the Police that the currencies were handed
over to him by his friend, who had come from West Bengal. The
teen was asked to circulate the notes and was promised a good
amount. FICNs are believed to have been procured from Bangladesh
and brought to Malda District in West Bengal.
The Kurla Railway Police arrested a 38-year-old
man, Faiyaz Khan for allegedly trying to smuggle a pistol and
two loaded magazines wrapped in carbon paper in order to prevent
it from being detected by the metal detectors at the Lokmanya
Tilak Terminus. Further, Police found five fixed deposit receipts
worth INR 1,00,000 each, INR 24,000 in cash and several ATM
cards. His phone contained photographs of Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar,
Osama Bin Laden and Ajmal Amir Qasab, as well as some literature
A metropolitan magistrate court in Kurla in
Mumbai Suburban District acquitted eight persons who had been
accused of having links with SIMI. Two of the acquitted persons,
Ehtesham Siddiqui and Dr Tanveer Ansari are accused in the 2006
serial train blasts case (7/11 train blast case). The prosecution
failed to prove the charges levelled against the accused in
2001. All the accused were arrested after the Central Government
declared SIMI as a banned organisation.
The four youths from Kalyan recruited by the
IS are said to have contacted their families, expressing a wish
to be rescued and brought back home. "All four are in touch
with their families here and sought facilitation of their rescue
and return. However, only Arif's family has contacted the NIA
office in Mumbai and sought the intervention of the Centre to
bring him back," a senior intelligence officer stated. Arif
had reportedly called his father, Ejaz Majeed, and claimed to
have fled to Turkey after fighting for IS for a few months.
As for the other Kalyan youths, Aman Tandel, Fahad Shaikh and
Sahim Tanki sources told that even they are believed to have
conveyed to their respective families their "desperation" to
be rescued from the violent war being fought by the IS. Their
location is said to be somewhere in Iraq.
Increasing circulation of FICN in Pune is a
big cause of worry for citizens as well as Police. Between 2009
and 2013, around 173 cases of FICN circulation have been reported
in Pune and Police have arrested 70 suspects. The annual crime
report "Crime in Maharashstra-2013" published by the Maharashtra
CID stated that Maharashtra state has registered maximum number
cases in the country in connection with FICN and also arrested
maximum suspects involved in circulating and manufacturing these
fake notes. In 2013, the State Police seized FICN of INR 1.55
crore from the different parts of Maharashtra.
Areef Majeed, the Kalyan youth who joined IS
while returning to India was arrested and will be produced in
a local court on November 29. "I went to Iraq to serve a larger
cause," Aarif Majeed, stated. The National NIA filed a case
against Aarif under Section 125 of the IPC (waging war against
the state) and certain sections of the UAPA.
Interrogation of Arif Majeed, a youth from Kalyan,
who returned to Mumbai after fighting along with the IS militants
in Syria and Iraq, has revealed that the Kalyan group recruited
by the IS in May 2014 was originally made up of five youth,
though one opted out at the last moment. The agencies are now
aware of the identity of this fifth man, and will question him
to reconstruct events right from indoctrination to their journey
With a conviction rate of almost 80 per cent
in FICN cases, the Maharashtra ATS is one of the leading agencies
in the country to have achieved this rate, compared to their
counterparts, according to Police sources. "Since 2006, 24 cases
of FICN have been registered by the ATS in which trial has completed.
We have got convictions in 19 of these 24 cases," said an ATS
officer. Sources say in majority of the cases it has come to
light that the FICN were smuggled into the city from West Bengal
and Jharkhand Districts.
The Delhi Police that had arrested IM operative
Ejaz Shaikh, in the July 13, 2011 (13/7) Mumbai blasts case
from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh this September handed over
his custody to Maharashtra ATS. ADGP, ATS, Himanshu Roy said
Shaikh, a Pune resident, is the brother-in-law of another IM
operative Mohsin Chaudhary. "Shaikh was produced before the
MCOCA court, which has granted us his custody for 14 days. We
have reasons to believe he was involved in the 13/7 blasts,"
Arif Majeed, the IS militant who returned to
India told investigators that he was part of a radicalised group
of 40 students at Anjuman Islam's Kalsekar Technical College
in Panvel (Maharashtra) and each one of them was referred to
as Naqeeb, Urdu for a leader. Arif revealed that all
40 in the group spent a lot of time on the internet, mining
information on terrorist groups and Islamic preaching. However,
when an opportunity came their way to join the IS, everyone
except Arif refused. And eventually Arif left for Iraq with
three of his friends from Kalyan. Police is likely to question
more students from the College where Arif did his engineering.
IS recruit from Kalyan (Mumbai), Areeb Majeed,
arrested after his return, is a trained suicide bomber who made
as many as three attempts on SFs at different vital installations
in Syria without any success, it has now emerged. The bullet
injuries which he has received too were sustained in one of
the many battles, including the August offensive on Mosul dam
in Iraq, he participated in as an IS man against Iraqi and US
forces. According to one of the interrogating officers Majeed
fought alongside IS against Kurdish Peshmerga and US forces
who eventually took over the dam. "After sustaining bullet injuries,
he was given $2,000 by ISIS as reward and medical assistance
before he fled to Turkey and decided to come back home," said
NIA custody of arrested IS 'recruit' Arif Majeed's
was extended till December 22. Majeed was sent to the NIA's
custody by a special NIA court a day after he was arrested on
November 28. A case under sections of Unlawful Assembly Prevention
Act (UAPA) and section 125 of IPC which deals with waging war
against any Asiatic country which has friendly ties with India,
was registered against IS, Majeed and other three other youngsters.
The Supreme Court further stayed the execution
of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, lone death row convict in the 1993
Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial blasts case, and sought responses
from Maharashtra STF and CBI on his plea seeking review of death
penalty awarded to him.
A Sessions Court in Mumbai recently rejected
bail application of a SIMI member Mohammed Ali Shaikh alias
Aziz, arrested for unlawful activities. The accused is also
facing trial in the Mumbai serial train blasts case.
ATS made the eighth arrest in the six low-intensity
blasts at Pune's (Maharashtra) Jungli Maharaj Road on August 1,
Masjid Bunder, Greater Bombay District
Police arrested Farooq Naiku and Mohammed Talukdar
linked with HM from a guest house along with FICN worth INR 27,
Kherwadi, Bandra, Mumbai Suburban District
Police arrested Marikul alias Luttu Hazruddin
Shaikh (29) and Mustafa Kismat Shaikh (40) for allegedly possessing
FICN worth a face value of INR 300,000.
Supreme Court of India upheld death penalty to
March 12, 1993 Mumbai (Maharashtra) blasts case mastermind Yakub
Memon. The apex court reduced death sentence of 10 others to life
Four persons allegedly involved in printing and
circulating FICN, were arrested. FICN worth face value of INR
175,000 were recovered from them.
A vessel 'MSV Yusufi' coming from Dubai, suspected
to be carrying a Thuraya satellite phone, was intercepted 35 nautical
miles off the coast and five persons on board were taken into
IM operative Mirza Himayat Inayat Baig was convicted
by a Sessions Court in for criminal conspiracy, murder and other
ATS said that German Bakery blast was the first
act of terror in which the Pakistan-based LeT coordinated with
Maharashtra Government said Pakistan-based terrorists
were training women as fidayeen attackers, possibly to strike
important cities including Mumbai and Pune.
IM operative Mirza Himayat Inayat Baig was awarded
death penalty in the German Bakery blast case of February 13,
2010, which killed 17 and wounded 64.
The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
wants adequate deployment of CAPFs and close coordination of District
and State level officials to take up road works in at least seven
Naxal affected Districts in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Odisha
ATS filed a chargesheet before the MCOCA Court
in Pune blast case of August 1, 2012.
Firoz alias Hamza Abdul Hameed Sayyed,
arrested in August 1, 2012, Pune's Junglee Maharaj (JM) Road blasts
case, regularly exchanged e-mails and chatted in code with fugitive
IM co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal and Fayyaz Kagzi and hatched a conspiracy,
Maharashtra ATS has said in its 3,587-page chargesheet.
Vikhroli creek, Mumbai
A suspicious boat was found."The boat was unclaimed
and had no crew members. No smuggled goods or explosives were
found on it," said Amitesh Kumar, additional Commissioner of Police,
Two convicts in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai blasts
case, Sharif Dada Parkar and Zaibunissa Kazi surrendered before
the special TADA court after it issued a Non-Bailable Warrant
(NBW) against them.
India has sought access from the US to the 26/11
Mumbai terror attacks convict David Coleman Headley and his accomplice
The NIA filed chargesheet in the September 8,
2006, Malegaon blasts case. Lokesh Sharma was named as an accused,
along with three others, Ramchandra Kalsangra, Sandeep Dange and
A special TADA court judge rejected two bail pleas
by Abu Salem, with the 1993 serial Mumbai blasts and the 1995
Pradeep Jain murder cases. Salem had made separate pleas in both
Mumbai-based Institute of Information Security
has opened a cyber security training centre in Chandigarh.
The Delhi Police arrested a bookie, identified
as Feroze, who was in direct touch with Dawood Ibrahim.
Maharashtra has emerged as the centre of cyber
crime with maximum number of incidence of registered cases under
cyber crimes over the past two years as per the recent report
Mumbai saw a 218 per cent rise in cyber crime
cases in 2012, with 33 cases registered under the Information
Technology (IT) Act and 72 under the IPC, according to the NCRB.
High Court granted bail to alleged hawala
operator Kawalnayan Pathreja accused of aiding IM operative Yasin
Bhatkal, for the July 13, 2011 (13/7) Mumbai blasts.
Navi Mumbai, Raigad District
The gangster and key accused in the 1993 Mumbai
serial blasts, Abu Salem, was shot at and sustained minor injury
inside Taloja jail in the night.
Wanawadi Bazaar / Pune District
Police arrested two fugitives Moin Vajruddin Qureshi
and Allauddin Vajruddin Qureshi, wanted since 1999 by several
security agencies for alleged involvement in terror-related cases
from Wanawadi Bazaar (Pune District).
Javed Mozawala, a visa agent from Mazgaon (Mumbai
District) in Maharashtra who was arrested on December 8, 2010,
on charges of spying for Pakistan, was convicted under the Official
Secrets Act by a sessions court, and sentenced to seven years'
On August 5, 2013, the Bombay high court will
start hearing the death confirmation of Mirza Himayat Baig, the
lone convict in the German Bakery blast (February 13, 2010) case.
NIA has given instructions to all police commissionerates
across the country to display photos of 12 IM cadres, involved
in several blasts in the country, at road junctions and also in
all Police Stations in Mumbai city.
NIA has submitted an affidavit in the Bombay High
Court saying it wants the video footage of IM leader Yasin Bhatkal,
obtained by the Maharashtra ATS from the CCTV installed in German
Bakery, for further investigation into the German Bakery blast
The Maharashtra Police have received a terror
alert from central intelligence agencies warning that eight militants
are undergoing training in Pakistan-based camps to attack targets
in south India.
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ICG has doubled the number of its stations from
20 to 42 as part of strengthening security after the 26/11 (November
26, 2008) Mumbai (Maharashtra) terror attack, a top ICG official
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A FICN racket was busted as two brothers, identified
as Salman Khan Haroon Khan (21) and his brother Farooq Khan (32),
were arrested along with FICNs worth INR .185 from Mini Mata Nagar
of Nagpur city of Nagpur District.
NIA told a Mumbai court it has found no evidence
to link nine persons arrested in September 8, 2006 Malegaon blasts
case to the terror attack.
Two persons, identified as Mizarul Tauhidali Shaikh
(28) and Tariq Aziz Shaikh (30), were arrested with FICN with
a face value of INR 18,500 from Dehu Phata Chowk of Pune city
in Pune District. During questioning, they revealed the identity
of more persons who had FICN and gave an address in Bhosari area.
Police arrested three persons, identified as Jiyarul Daulat Mandol
(19), Hasirul Aalmin Mandol (20) and Bakul Rasool Shaikh (20)
and recovered FICN with a face value of INR 123000 from them.
IB has warned that terrorists could strike during
the Ganpati festival in Mumbai (Maharashtra) to avenge the arrests
of IM militants Yasin Bhatkal and LeT operative Abdul Karim Tunda.
IM operative Afzal Usmani (37), accused of involvement
in half a dozen bombings across the country, escaped from the
Mumbai sessions court.
Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, one of the planters,
who was arrested along with IM mastermind Yaseen Bhatkal who was
arrested on August 28, 2013, told interrogators that Yaseen and
another planter Hassan had placed an explosives-filled pressure
cooker under the Dadar foot-overbridge near the flower market
on the western side of the railway station in Mumbai (Maharashtra),
But this bomb did not go off.
Yasin Bhatkal, during his interrogation said that
the bombs used in German bakery blast on February 13, 2013, were
assembled in Pune itself and even the timers and bags used for
carrying them were procured locally.
Officials of a central agency collected details
of the two arrested Rohingya nationals of Myanmar who entered
India illegally and managed to get a fake passport and travel
to Sharjah from Pune (Maharashtra) on September 21, 2013.
The latest WikiLeaks reports show that America's
CIA has been monitoring every terror attack on Mumbai (Maharashtra)
from 2004 till 2011, on a daily basis, including prime blasts
of 26/11 (November 26, 2008), 13/7 (July 13, 2011) and July 25,
IM operative Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, who
was arrested on August 28, 2013, has recounted chilling details
of the July 13, 2011, blasts, when he and three others bombed
Mumbai, killing 26 people.
ADG Prisons, Maharashtra, Meeran Borwankar has
written a letter to Maharashtra's Home department requesting that
all accused being tried in various terror and underworld-related
cases be produced in court through videoconferencing.
India has handed over to five crucial documents
to Pakistan; comprising 600 pages of evidence against the seven
individuals accused in the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai (Maharashtra)
Police arrested two persons, Bharat Pawar and
Shantaram Ubale near K.K. Market in Balajinagar (Pune) along with
45 FICN of INR 1,000 denomination.
Alleged LeT operative Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari,
alias Abu Jundal, wanted to take part in the November 26, 2008
(26/11) Mumbai (Maharashtra) terror attack by landing in the city
along with others, according to his confession.
Outgoing Pakistan High Commissioner to India Salman
Bashir said that the November 26, 2008, Mumbai terror attacks
(also known as 26/11) trial was being speeded up by Pakistan.
United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon's
spokesman Martin Nesirky said that it is "important" to bring
November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai terrorist attacks perpetrators
Defence Minister A.K. Antony said that Pakistan
should give maximum punishment to the perpetrators of November
26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai terrorist attacks. He stated, "They (Pakistan)
should book the culprits and unless they are given maximum punishment,
I don't think our nation will be satisfied."
UMHA Sushilkumar Shinde asked Pakistan to act
on all the evidence that India had provided on those behind the
November 26, 2008, (26/11) Mumbai terror attacks and bring them
In a bid to prevent a 26/11 like situation in
which Mumbai Police were unfamiliar with the layouts of the Taj
Mahal, Trident hotels and Nariman House when terrorists struck
and then holed up for nearly 48 hours, the City Police are putting
the Quick Response Team (QRT) personnel through a training module
to acclimatise them with the internals and externals of 152 vital
Referring to the September 11, 2001 (9/11) terror
attacks in New York and the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai (Maharashtra)
strike, Shinde said major terrorist attacks typically target large
and densely populated urban areas, intentionally trying to inflict
India has sought access to Pakistani LeT operative
David Coleman Headley, as it insisted on bringing to justice the
perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai (Maharashtra) assault.
The sessions court at Mumbai rejected the bail
application of alleged LeT operative Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari, alias
Abu Jundal, in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case.
Suspected IM agent Dhiraj Sao had a link with
D-company of fugitive terrorist Dawood Ibrahim and Mumbai underworld,
a probe by the Police has revealed.
December 22: Police arrested
two persons for allegedly circulating FICN in Nagpur (Nagpur
District), Maharashtra and seized counterfeit notes worth
INR 15,000 from them.
December 20: Four IM militants,
already in Delhi Police custody arrested by Maharashtra ATS
in connection with Pune serial blasts (August 1, 2012) and
remanded in Police custody till January 1.
December 19: India is dejected
with the US' decision to give immunity to Pakistani spy agency
ISI in a civil case by families of the Americans who were
killed in the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai (Maharashtra)
December 18: The NIA took
Dhan Sing, a key suspect in the Malegaon blast case of September
29, 2008 to Delhi to be produced in Panchkula court in Haryana
where the hearings in the case are in progress. He is also
a key suspect in the Samjhauta Express blast of February 13,
The government is doing all
it can to safeguard India's coasts and prevent another November
26, 2008 (26/11) style attack.
US Government has informed Federal
Court in New York court that Pakistan's ISI and its former Director
Generals "enjoy immunity" in the case related to November 26,
2008 (26/11) attack on Mumbai (Maharashtra) and asked Pakistan
to dismantle LeT and supports India's efforts to counter terrorist
December 17: Union Minister
of Home Affairs Sushilkumar Shinde asserted in Parliament
that Pakistan had misled India on the arrest of 26/11 (November
26, 2008) attack mastermind and LeT 'chief' and JuD 'founder'
Hafiz Saeed, stating that Saeed was never arrested for the
The NIA arrested Dhan Singh
alias Baba Ram Lakad Das, accused in the Malegaon blast
of September 29, 2008, from Kamta village in Satna District
of Madhya Pradesh.
December 15: The judicial
custody of five India IM militants accused in Pune (Maharashtra)
blast case of August 1, 2012 and that of Fasih Mehmood was
extended by a Delhi court till December 17, 2012.
December 12: UMHA, Sushil
Kumar Shinde said that Pakistan's action against Hafiz Saeed
and other November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai attacks accused
and voice samples in the case will be discussed during Malik's
visit to India.
December 11: The Kurla Police
Station in Mumbai (Maharashtra) that is probing a threat letter
allegedly sent by IM to a shop owner, Paras Gupta, owner of
Deepak Farsan, found the threat letter's origin in Bangalore.
December 10: A special MCOCA
court rejected the bail application of SIMI cadre, Ehtesham
Siddiqui facing trial among others in the July 11, 2006 train
bomb blasts in Mumbai (Maharashtra).
December 8: The photographs
of LeT training camps in Sindh (Pakistan) and motorboats used
by the 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai (Maharashtra) are
among evidence presented to an anti-terrorism court conducting
the trial of seven Pakistanis charged with involvement in
the 26/11 2008 Mumbai terror strikes.
November 28: The sentencing
of American-born LeT terrorist David Coleman Headley, accused
of involvement in November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai (Maharashtra)
attacks, has been fixed for January 17, 2013 next year while
that of his accomplice Tahawwur Rana has been rescheduled
for January 15 from December.
November 26: US Under Secretary
for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman said that the US is reviewing
India's request for the extradition of November 26, 2008 (26/11),
conspirators David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana.
November 25: Commissioner
of Police (Mumbai, Maharashtra) Satyapal Singh said that the
Mumbai Police still faces problems with coastal Security.
November 22: Mumbai CB has
arrested a software engineer, identified as Tajool Kazi, from
Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) for his alleged role in BEST bus
at Ghatkopar attack (Mumbai, Maharashtra) on December 6, 2002,
which killed four people. Kazi is an active cadre of SIMI.
November 21: Mohammed Ajmal
Amir Kasab, LeT terrorist from 26/11 terror attack, was hanged
to death at the Yerawada Prison in Pune (Maharashtra).
The President had rejected Kasab's
mercy plea on November 5.
The LeT, accused of masterminding
the 26/11 mumbai terror attack, called Muhammad Ajmal Amin Iman
alias Kasab a "hero and a source of inspiration" for other fighters.
The TTP too condemned Kasab's
death. The extremist outfits showered praises on the Kasab,
elevating him to the rank of a "new icon". To them, Kasab had
gone thousands of miles away on a "holy mission".
November 15: Tahir Merchant
alias Tahir Taklya, an accused in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai
(Maharashtra) serial blasts case and a close aide (cashier)
of Dawood Ibrahim, told the NIA that the underworld don and
his company were behind the operation of smuggling in Pakistan-manufactured
FICN worth several millions of INR to India since 2007.
November 9: A Special CBI
Court, designated NIA Court left Tahir Merchant alias Tahir
Taklya known as "cashier" of Dawood Ibrahim and a key accused
in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, in the custody of NIA
till November 16, for questioning in Kerala's Karippur FICN
case of 2008.
November 8: LeT operative
Syed Zabiuddin Ansari aka Abu Jundal sent money to India from
Saudi Arabia at least twice after the Mumbai attack.
The Maharashtra ATS filed a
supplementary charge sheet against Jundal in the May 9, 2009
Aurangabad (Maharashtra) arms haul case before MCOCA Court.
November 6: UMHA Sushil Kumar
Shinde showed concern over the efficacy of red corner notices
on terrorist vis-à-vis Pakistan providing shelter to the perpetrators
of March 12, 1993 Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial bomb blasts
and November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai terror attacks, like
Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed.
November 5: Police learnt
that "several cadres of LeT and IM are hiding in Mumbai, Karnataka
and Andhra Pradesh. LeT and IM are coordinating with associates
of Fayaz Kagzi in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
November 4: Bablu Khurshid
Sheikh, 28, a kingpin of a FICN and a Bengali film actor operating
from Malda District in West Bengal, was arrested in Mumbai
In a list submitted to the
UAE, the Government has urged to deport Ubed Kola, an accused
in Mumbai's 13/7 triple bomb blast case. Kola is suspected to
have played a vital role in transferring hawala money from Dubai
November 3: The Maharashtra
ATS filed a supplementary charge sheet in the special court
against suspected LeT operative Zabihuddin Ansari alias Abu
Jundal in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.
October 31: A Delhi trial
court sent a suspected IM terrorist, Sayed Firoz alias
Hamza, allegedly involved in the, August 1, 2012, Pune serial
blasts to 14 days of judicial custody.
October 26: Maqbool has revealed
that the Pune serial blast carried out by IM is linked to
the recent arrest of 16 terrorists in Karnataka who plotted
to kill some politicians, Hindu leaders and journalists.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) ATS chief
Rakesh Maria said that Maqbool has no connection with the (Pune)
October 25: The ATS of Mumbai
Police moved a court seeking the custody of four suspected
IM terrorists, Asad Khan, Imran Khan, Feroze Hamza and Irfan
Mustafa Langda, allegedly involved in the Pune serial blasts
of August 1, 2012.
October 23: Delhi Police arrested
another suspected IM terrorist, identified as Sayed Maqbool
alias Zuber, from Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) for his alleged
involvement in the August 1, 2012 Pune serial blasts. The
total number of arrests in the Pune blasts has gone up to
The Home Ministry rejected 26/11
Mumbai terror attack convict Ajmal Kasab's plea to commute his
death sentence to life and sent its recommendation to President
Pranab Mukherjee for final disposal.
October 21: Jundal revealed
how Pakistan's ISI officer Major Sameer Ali had a long conversation
with Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, chief operational commander of
LeT, a few hours before the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
October 20: India is unlikely
to permit a Pakistani Judicial Commission to visit India again
to cross examine the Mumbai terror attack (26/11) witnesses
unless NIA team is allowed to go to Pakistan first and determines
the necessity of such an exercise.
October 19: A youth from Aurangabad
District of Maharashtra, who deposed before the Court said
that he used to live in Beed District earlier and had seen
Baig working with terror suspect Abu Jundal in 2006.
According to Special officials
from Delhi police, on August 1, 2012 the three IM terrorists
travelled by a PMPML bus from Kasarwadi (Maharashtra) to Jangli
Maharaj Road (Maharashtra) to orchestrate the serial blasts.
October 18: Bilal Shaikh alias
Lalbaba, a LeT terrorist who was arrested for hatching a conspiracy
to attack the MPA in Nashik, received training in Muzaffarabad
District of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, in an advanced combat
Fayyaz Kagzi, LeT operative,
helped Abu Jundal in fleeing the country when he was under the
radar of the ATS after the Aurangabad arms haul case of May,
IM militants, who executed Pune
(Maharashtra) serial blasts of August 1, 2012, used phones and
free software to evade security agencies as they communicated
with Riyaz Bhatkal, the IM 'chief' of India.
October 17: IM terrorist Irfan,
allegedly involved in the Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts
(August 1, 2012), had also welcomed Pakistan nationals Shaqir
and Ahmed, who had come to India as specialist bomb-makers.
They were the same men who had carried out the July 13, 2011,
(13/7) serial blasts at Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai (Maharashtra)
under the assumed identities of Waqas and Tabrez.
Police have also learnt from
the arrested men that several LeT and IM operatives are hiding
in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra
Pradesh. LeT and IM are in constant touch with Pakistan and
Saudi Arabia-based associates of Fayyaz Kagzi.
The Police custody of three
suspected IM operatives Asad Khan, Imran Khan and Syed Feroze
alleged for their alleged involvement in the Pune serial blast
has been extended till October 27, 2012.
October 16: Special cell of
the Delhi Police searched the two-room tenement in Kasarwadi
(Pune District) where IM militants stayed before the Pune
(Maharashtra) blats of August 1, 2012 and found traces of
ammonium nitrate, wires and batteries at the tenement.
Revelations made by Abu Jundal
disclosed that LeT has permeated Bangladesh administration.
Jundal has revealed that at
least 12 IM and LeT modules have been trained to target major
According to the supplementary
charge sheet filed against Abu Jundal, he imparted training
to the gunmen in spreading wrong information about the real
purpose of the attack.
The crime branch filed a 14,676
pages supplementary charge sheet in the 26/11 terror attacks
case, in which it named Jundal as the key conspirator.
The charge sheet includes the
names of 1,783 witnesses and 47 others wanted in connection
with the attacks.
The ISI was involved in every
stage of the 26/11 attacks, which were planned and launched
over a long period. The charge sheet names Pakistan''s FIA and
the ISI as facilitators for terror groups such as the LeT.
Intelligence agencies have established
that the bombs used in both Zaveri Bazaar blasts in Mumbai (July
13, 2011) 13/7 and Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts (August
1, 2012) were made by two Pakistani LeT militants.
Asad Khan, Imran Khan and Feroz,
who were recently arrested by Delhi Police for Pune serial blasts
and for plotting a similar attack in the national capital.
Crime Branch said Pakistan's
ISI agent, Sirajuddin Fakir, arrested on October 14, in Gujarat,
has turned out to be an ISI 'zonal coordinator'. Police said
Fakir has been working to set up a network of spies in western
India and has recruited a number of youths in Maharashtra, Punjab,
Rajasthan and Gujarat for this.
Police arrested and seized 482
FICN from his possession in Winowrie area of Pune District (Maharashtra).
He revealed he had got FICN through a person called Mehrul who
had brought these notes from Bangladesh.
According to the supplementary
charge sheet filed against Abu Jundal, he imparted training
to the gunmen in spreading wrong information about the real
purpose of the attack.
Crime Branch said Pakistan's
ISI agent, Sirajuddin Fakir, arrested on October 14, in Gujarat,
has turned out to be an ISI 'zonal coordinator'. Police said
Fakir has been working to set up a network of spies in western
India and has recruited a number of youths in Maharashtra, Punjab,
Rajasthan and Gujarat for this.
October 10: IM terrorist,
identified as Langde Irfan, allegedly involved in the Pune
(Maharashtra) serial blasts (August 1, 2012) was arrested
in Jaipur by the Delhi Police. With this, the total number
of arrests in the case has gone up to four.
October 14: The Saudi link
and the activities on social media are phenomena that have
surfaced following the recent arrest of IM terrorists in Delhi
linked with Pune (Maharashtra) blast of August 1, 2012.
The Special Cell team investigating
the August 1, 2012 Pune (Maharashtra) serial blast case claims
to have gathered evidence to indicate that the attacks were
also meant to avenge the murder of alleged IM militant Qateel
Siddique in Yerawada Jail.
Delhi Police have identified
a house where the conspiracy for Pune blast hatched. Sayyed
Feroze led a team of the Delhi Police Special Cell to a house
which he and five others had rented as a meeting ground a month
prior to the bid.
October 13: LeT leader Fayyaz
Kagzi, said to be the mentor of these three, did not engage
Asad, Imran and Sayed but they volunteered to carry out jehad.
Aurangabad ATS continued to
question people in touch with IM operatives Imran and Asad Khan
in Aurangabad and Nanded to gather more information about the
duo and their dealings.
October 12: Investigators
have learned that the three IM terrorists, arrested for the
August 1, 2012 Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts, had conducted
a recce at five crowded places in Mumbai on July 24. The targets
included Borivli railway station, Juhu beach, Vashi, Bandra
and Andheri. They also planned to attack the Maharashtra ATS
headquarters at Nagpada.
The Mumbai plan was dropped,
though, on the instructions of Riyaz Bhatkal from Pakistan.
Three had met Yusuf Himayat
Baig through Kashif Biyabani, brother of Akhef Biyabani who
was arrested for the 2006 Aurangabad case.
The two terrorists in this IM
module-Shaqir and Ahmed who are currently absconding-were involved
in previous blasts as well.
According to Police, Raju Bhai,
an important link in the Pune blasts case, got the Pul Prahladpur
flat in Delhi on rent for the three IM militants using a fake
A team of Pune ATS officers
have reached Delhi and are coordinating with the Delhi Police's
Special Cell. Karnataka Police officers will reach here on October
October 11: Delhi Police busted
a gang of IM terrorists- Asad Khan, Imran Khan and Sayed Feroz
alias Hamza, all belonging to Maharashtra, which carried out
the serial blasts in Pune on August 1, 2012 and had planned
to attack Delhi and Bodh Gaya (Bihar) during the coming festival
The terrorists were carrying
5kg of explosives and 10 detonators as part of the plot to explode
at least 10 bombs in Delhi and the pilgrim city of Bodh Gaya.
One of the arrested persons,
Asad, is allegedly linked also to the Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
arms haul case in which Jundal is also an accused.
Delhi Police stumbled upon the
IM module by tracing their phone calls and email conversations
with their contacts, suspected to be the Bhatkal brothers and
Kagzi in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Aurangabad ATS, led by Navinchandra
Reddy searched residence of Asad Khan in Naigaon (Pune District),
and seized documents. Asad's younger brother, Hussain Khan,
has been picked up for questioning.
It was through Kagzi that Asad
was introduced to Riyaz and Iqbal. He then remained in touch
them through email and phone.
The arrested had made three
attempts to plant a bomb on the premises of the Yerawada central
jail and a local court in Pune (Maharashtra).
October 8: Yasin Bhatkal,
'chief' of IM India operations, planted the bomb at Dadar
in the July 13, 2011 (13/7) Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial blasts
himself, according to the confessional statement of Nadeem
Sheikh, a key accused in the triple blasts.
The Maharashtra ATS which is
probing the case has also learnt that on July 7, 2011, six persons
including Bhatkal, Ahmed, Waqas, Tabrez, Munnabhai and Sheikh
had met at Habib building in Byculla to plan the serial blasts.
October 6: Police arrested
one person, identified as Rayeez, with suspected terror links,
from Mumbai (Maharashtra) airport. According to the Police,
Rayeez was deported from Saudi Arabia following visa rules
violation and Mumbai Police informed Kerala.
October 3: Thane Police booked
former SIMI militant Saquib Nachan and four others under the
MCOCA. Saquib Nachan, is also accused in Mulund bomb blast
of 2003, was arrested by police for allegedly firing at an
advocate in Bhiwandi on August 3, 2012.
October 1: Feroz, an IM terrorist,
which carried out the serial blasts in Pune on August 1, 2012
and had planned to attack Delhi and Bodh Gaya (Bihar) during
the coming festival season, was arrested by Delhi Police from
Nizamuddin railway station in Delhi.
September 27: The Vishnunagar
Police of Thane District recently arrested three persons in
a FICN racket and seized INR 1,000.
September 26: Asad and Imran,
IM terrorists, which carried out the serial blasts in Pune
on August 1, 2012 and had planned to attack Delhi and Bodh
Gaya (Bihar) during the coming festival season, were arrested
by Delhi Police from their Pul Prahladpur, New Delhi accommodation.
September 24: The Mumbai (Maharashtra)
High Court, granted bail on INR 50,000 to Mohammad Atik Iqbal,
an alleged IM operative.
September 16: ATS investigating
the August 1, 2012 Pune serial blasts have detained a
jeweler for processing INR 2.2 million hawala transaction
from Dubai and delivering it to two persons, suspected to
be part of the sleeper cells of IM.
A garment trader, identified
as Arvind kumar Jain, was arrested in Mumbai in an eight year
old case of FICN, booked by the Thane crime branch.
Abu Jundal told interrogators
that he was assisting the LeT in maintaining their website
for six to seven months prior to the 26/11 strike.
September 15: It was reported
that IM perpetrators were paid INR 1 million, sent throughhawala from
UAE, for 13/7, Mumbai serial blasts.
September 14: India may not
allow Pakistani judicial commission to visit Mumbai for cross-examining
witnesses of 26/11 case until Pakistan gives it an assurance
over the status of the bilateral agreement.
September 11: Referring to
40 "missing" youth of Maharashtra, who might have
gone underground after joining IM, the central agencies asked
top Policemen to look for their whereabouts.
A local court remanded Abu
Jundal to the custody of the ATS till September 24 for his
alleged role in the conspiracy to attack the Nashik Police
Academy here in 2010.
Abu Jundal also told interrogators
that he had sent INR 50,000 to help an accused (of Aurangabad
arms haul case of 2006,) in India but the person who was to
deliver the money cheated him and never handed over the money
to the accused's family.
September 7: IB has informed
the Maharashtra government's Home Department that Dawood Ibrahim's
gang played a vital role in the violence at Azad Maidan in
Mumbai on August 11, 2012.
September 5: Mumbai Police
arrested Mohammad Farhan Mohammad Farid Shaikh, from Shivaji
Nagar area of Govandi in Mumbai in connection with the August
11, 2012, Azad Maidan riots case.
A local court discharged
two persons arrested by the Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police
in the Azad Maidan riots case, after the court was told that
there was no evidence against them.
September 4: The UMHA is concerned
about the steady rise in terrorist activists in the Marathwada
region of Maharashtra particularly Aurangabad, Jalna, Parbhani,
Beed and Nanded Districts.
September 3: Maharashtra Police's
ATS told the special MCOCA court that they have identified
three more suspects in the 8 May, 2006 Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
arms haul case.
The court also remanded Abu
Jundal to ATS custody till September 10.
August 31: The Aurangabad
ATS on arrested four men in Nanded city, who were allegedly
in contact with the 11 men arrested in Karnataka on August
29 for planning terror attacks.
August 30: Mumbai Police arrested
another desecrator of Amar Jawan memorial at the Azad Maidan
in Mumbai (Maharashtra) during the August 11, 2012, violence.
The total number of arrests made in the riot incidents to
August 29: Supreme Court upheld
the death sentence for lone arrested 26/11 Mumbai attacks
accused Pakistani national Ajmal Kasab. The top court rejected
a plea by Kasab to commute the death sentence handed to him
by the Bombay High Court.
The Supreme Court reserved
its verdict on the appeals of 99 persons, including actor
Sanjay Dutt, who were convicted and sentenced for the 12 March
1993 Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial bomb blasts.
August 28: The trial court
that sentenced the 26/11 Mumbai attacks accused Pakistani
national Ajmal Kasab to death has permitted Mumbai Police
to collect original recordings of intercepts made by intelligence
agencies during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
August 26: Mumbai is India's
capital for FICNs. Delhi comes a close second in the number
of FICNs seized, but ranks number one when one puts a value
to those notes. Maharashtra and Delhi have contributed to
30 per cent of all counterfeit bills detected in circulation.
August 24-25: The Pune (Maharashtra)
Police Crime Branch have arrested three persons and seized
12 FICNs notes of INR 1,000 denomination from Pune, Maharashtra.
August 24: A special MCOCA
court sent arrested Zabiuddin Ansari alias 26/11 Mumbai attack
handler Abu Jundal in Police custody till September 3, 2012,
in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.
A classified government report
on the recent incident of what has been described as the worst
cyber attack on the country has said that it should not be
treated as an 'isolated incident' as this exercise was not
merely aimed at spreading communal hatred, but also to test
the effectiveness of network of 'modules and sleeper cells'
of subversive outfits in states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh,
Maharashtra and Kerala.
August 23-24: 19 people were
arrested from various parts of Mumbai city.
The NIA detained four people
in Beed District in connection with an FIR lodged against
Abu Jundal. No formal arrest has been made.
August 23: Five suspects have
been arrested in Mumbai in connection with the August 11 Azad
Maidan violence, taking the total number of arrests in the
case so far to 48.
August 22: Police said that
one of the morphed video clips used to instigate a section
of the crowd before the August 11 riots at Azad Maiden, Mumbai
is a six-year-old footage that IM members have been showing
to lure youths into joining the terror outfit.
The Mumbai Crime Branch has
arrested 19 more youths in the Azad Maidan violence case on
August 11, taking the total number to 43.
In its recently submitted
inquiry report, the Maharashtra CID said that the murder of
suspected IM militant Qateel Mohammed Siddiqui inside Pune’s
Yerwada Central Jail on June 8, 2012 was planned.
A team of NIA officials along
with ATS personnel raided a few residences in Beed and detained
four persons. The agency has recovered several documents,
including passports, bio-datas of several people and photographs.
August 21: The Government
has officially called the August 1 Pune (Maharashtra) serial
blasts a terror act.
August 20: Mohammed Sajjid,
founding member of banned IM is a key suspect in the August
1 Pune serial bomb blast. The emergence of the role of Sajjid
came as a surprise for security agencies as the information
they last had about him was that he was in Pakistan.
The cyber crime cell of the
Pune (Maharashtra) Police arrested four men for allegedly
circulating provocative SMSs in the city regarding the violence
in Burma that led to attacks on students from the northeast
in the city last week.
August 19: Army warns of potential
recruitment of jihadis in India as they got information about
LeT and its political front JuD holding a meeting in Karachi
(Pakistan) on July 2 on the attack on Rohingiya Muslims in
Myanmar. According to Army Source, the Kokrajhar riots on
July 21 gave the fundamentalists an opportunity for creating
confusion and to recruit potential jihadis in India by clubbing
the two issues in distant places like Mumbai (Maharashtra).
August 17: Special MCOCA court
framed charges against 21 persons in the 2006 Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
arms haul case. The court rejected the prosecution's plea
to defer framing of charges till the Maharashtra ATS filed
a charge sheet against 26/11 Mumbai attack handler Abu Jundal
alias Zabiuddin Ansari.
Bombay HC cancelled bail that
had been granted to March 13, 2003 Mumbai (Maharashtra) triple
blasts accused Dr Wahid Abdul Shaikh.
August 16: Initial investigation
shows role of SIMI in the violence at Azad Maidan in Mumbai
on August 11, 2012 Security agencies have pinpointed SIMI
operative Saquib Nachan to be the mastermind of the attack.
CCCI probe into the SMSs and
the uploaded morphed pictures circulated among the minority
community which led to provocation at Azad Maidan Mumbai on
August 11 has so far not found any IP to suggest that it had
originated from Pakistan.
IB is investigating the matter
of two unknown Para gliders, who were detected circling over
Pune (Maharashtra) in June after it was informed by the IAF.
August 14: The Nagpur Court
sentenced two persons to 10 year jail and fine of INR 10,000
in FICN case. The court convicted Mohammed Farukh and Farida
Begum, residents of West Bengal, under section 489(B) and
489(C) read with section 34 of IPC.
The special MCOCA court remanded
26/11 Mumbai attack handler Abu Jundal alias Zabiuddin Ansari
in Maharashtra ATS custody till August 24 in connection with
the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.
The Maharashtra ATS filed
a supplementary charge sheet against Mohammed Qafeel Ansari
arrested in connection with the triple bomb blast case that
shook the city on July 13, 2011 killing 27 people.
August 13: Maharashtra ATS
to question Abu Jundal in connection with the 2006 Aurangabad
arms haul case.
Fearing protests from locals
due to Ramzan fast and Id celebrations, the NIA, has postponed
raids in Aurangabad and Mumbai.
The superintendent of Byculla
jail, Mumbai moved an application before the chief metropolitan
magistrate's court seeking that 26/11 Mumbai attack handler
Abu Jundal be shifted to another facility for security reasons.
August 12: Abu Jundal made
a confessional statement before a Mumbai magistrate giving
a deep insight into Pakistan-based LeT terror group's role
in the 26/11 attacks.
Abu Jundal confession to the
court has revealed the role of LeT founder Hafiz Mohammad
Saeed in 26/11 attacks. Jundal also confessed about his meeting
with LeT 'operational commander' Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
IM militant Mujib Shaikh told
the Ahmadabad Crime Branch officials that Abus Subhan alias
Tauqeer could be behind the August 1 Pune (Maharashtra) serial
blasts and is now heading the IM.
August 10: Abu Jundal told
Mumbai Police that LeT is planning to carry out aerial attacks
on Indian cities and has trained 150 paragliders for this.
He also said that he got to know of the leT’s plans when he
visited what he calls the "Jumbo Jet Room" in Karachi
Abu Jundal, who was in the
custody of the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police, was sent to
Arthur Road jail in central Mumbai to ensure that he is not
influenced by anyone.
August 9: Pune Police Commissioner
Gulabrao Pol said that the CCTV footage collected from the
shops operating on Jangli Maharaj Road, Pune has so far not
helped the Police in getting leads in the August 1 serial
bomb blast investigations.
Ajmal Amir Kasab identified
Abu Jundal as one of the key conspirators of the 26/11 Mumbai
terror attacks. They were questioned together inside Kasab's
high-security prison by the Police at the Arthur Road Jail
Abu Jundal has shown his willingness
to confess his role in 26/11 Mumbai attacks before the magistrate
court under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code. He
is also willing to confess his involvement with the LeT network.
August 8: The forensic experts’
report on August 1 Pune bomb blast reveals the use of a cohesive
mixture of ammonium nitrate and furnace oil as well as use
Abu Jundal told the Maharashtra
ATS that two senior ISI officers - Colonel Mohammad and lieutenant
Colonel Asad- are exclusively in charge of the Indian operatives
of the LeT
Abu Jundal told to Mumbai
Police’s crime branch that he was not the first choice to
help coordinate the attacks. LeT operative Zulfikar Fayyaz
Kagzi was the first choice.
Mumbai Crime Branch officials
arrested a man from Beed for his alleged role in August 1
Pune bomb blast. The man is alleged ally of LeT operative
26/11 Mumbai terror attack handler Abu Jundal.
Pakistan Judicial commission
wants to visit India again for cross examination of witnesses
of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case, for gathering evidence
against seven accused.
August 7: Abu Jundal has told
the investigator that 26/11 Mumbai terror attack was allegedly
a part of LeT plan to adopt a ‘more aggressive’ anti-India
approach. He told 26/11 was planned in January 2008 during
a meeting of all top LeT ‘commanders’ in Muridke in Pakistan.
Maharashtra ATS claimed to
find some clue in the August 1 Pune blast case with CCTV footage
showing two persons on a motorcycle moving suspiciously in
the area around the time of the explosions.
August 6: The Mumbai Crime
Branch has sought Maharashtra Home Department permission for
custodial interrogation of lone arrested 26/11 terrorist Ajmal
Kasab, LeT along with 26/11 Mumbai attack handler Abu Jundal.
The Police said that there were contradictions in the versions
of the confession made by them.
Investigators have taken into
their custody the shop owner who sold the third bicycle used
to place one of the six bombs in Pune on August 1.
August 5: The intensity of
the four explosions on Jungli Maharaj Road, Pune on August
1 would have been higher had all the charges gone off, and
if the ammonium nitrate used was not outdated or if RDX had
been used, said officials
Abu Jundal claimed that he
used the username “Singhisking” among others on Facebook to
August 4: Investigators based
on a host of factors and indications are convinced that the
low-intensity serial blasts in Pune on August 1 were executed
by the IM.
Abu Jundal told the Police
that the Pune German Bakery blast conspiracy was planned in
2008 but it could not be executed as the LeT bosses wanted
a Mumbai operation first.
Abu Jundal told the crime
branch of Mumbai Police that the brothers Riyaz Bhatkal and
Iqbal Bhatkal are hiding in Pakistan.
Abu Jundal named Indian operatives
of LeT who have been in Pakistan for long. The four are —
Abu Sherjil and Abu Jarar from Beed, Abu Musab from Jammu
and Abu Jaid alias Lal Baba.
August 3: Maharashtra Police
officials said that they prepared sketches of two persons
who may have planted explosives in Pune on August 1, 2012
ATS officers from Karnataka
and Gujarat reached Pune to probe link of August 1, blast
to their states in any manner.
The investigating agencies
suspect that a new terror module engineered August 1 blasts
Abu Jundal said to Crime Branch
of the Police that the arrest of 10 LeT members by Pakistan's
FIA immediately after 26/11 was eyewash, after intense international
pressure, particularly American.
The court of additional sessions
judge N P Dhote deferred the hearing in the February 13, 2010,
German bakery bomb blast case that killed 17 people and injured
64 till August 24, 2012.
August 2: NIA members said
that entire operation of August 1 Pune (Maharashtra) serial
blasts looks as though it had been planned locally.
Home Minister R R Patil said
that Pune police had received a letter warning revenge over
the death of alleged IM operative Qateel Ahmad Siddiqui in
Top police officers in Pune
refuted reports of having received a specific report from
the SID or letters warning them about the bomb blasts on the
busy Jangli Maharaj road a day earlier.
An unnamed official said that
a design flaw in the August 1 Pune serial bombs caused them
to explode partially and prevented the shrapnel from spreading.
Investigation in the serial
low-intensity blasts in the city has hit a hurdle as some
CCTV cameras at the explosion sites have been found to be
August 1: Four low-intensity
blasts between 7.37 and 8.15 pm rocked the busy Junglee Maharaj
Road in Pune injuring one person. Two other bombs were defused
by the ATS. All explosives were kept in cake boxes and placed
within a kilometer range.
26/11 Mumbai attack handler
Abu Jundal’s internet protocol IP addresses will be accessed
by the Police officials to ascertain the fact that he communicated
with his fellow terrorists through email when he was on the
run and was in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Abu Jundal revealed that one
of the key participants in the preparation of the 26/11 terror
strike, another top LeT commander, Abu al Kafa, had apprised
Headley of the five targets in Mumbai.
July 27: Jundal's first meeting
with an LeT operative, whose name was not disclosed, happened
in Tawa hotel in Aurangabad (Maharashtra) in 2005, after which,
he participated in 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.
Five persons were arrested along
with FICN of INR 188, 000 from a lodge in Amravati District
July 26: Investigators claim
Abu Jundal has revealed names of a few persons from his hometown
(Beed in Maharashtra) who he was in touch with when he stayed
in Pakistan from 2006 to 2012.
The Mumbai crime branch is also
questioning Jundal to find out who is the other Indian citizen
who knew about the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai. LeT operative
David Coleman Headley had told his interrogators about this
person from Maharashtra.
July 23: Two persons were
arrested and FICN worth over INR 5, 00,000 in Maharashtra.
Jundal claimed that LeT wanted
to carry out a major suicide attack on the Nasik Police academy.
The LeT had set up its modules in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh
and south India.
July 22: Further, the interrogation
of Abu Jundal, by the Delhi Police's special cell and central
agencies has shown that the 26/11 suspects operated out of
several countries- Pakistan, the US, Italy, Spain and Thailand,
France and Sri Lanka.
July 21: Mumbai Police arrested
Abu Jundal, and produced him before the chief metropolitan
magistrate's court in south Mumbai, which remanded him in
Police custody till July 31, 2012.
July 14: Police arrested two
persons, identified as Mohammad Malik (23) and his brother
Khalil (20), who were circulating FICNs in Gol Bazar (market)
area of Chandrapur District (Maharashtra).
Three persons were arrested
for allegedly trying to print FICN at Rajwada Road in Aheri
of Gadchiroli District.
July 13: A year after the
13/7 blasts, the probe led by Maharashtra's ATS has gone transnational
as the key wanted accused are believed to be operating from
Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Nepal and Pakistan.
July 9: FICNs are flooding
the Pune (Maharashtra) market in a big way, leading to concern.
As a result, banks are worst affected by FICN circulation.
The Maharashtra Government told
the State Assembly, that several places of religious importance
in the state are on the terror hit-list.
July 3: Two persons, identified
as Damu Mahadu Kadale and Khandu Pite were arrested and FICNs
with the face value of INR 1.82 lakh recovered from their
possession at Peint near Hutatma Smarak in Nashik, Maharashtra.
June 13: India has asked the
US to provide statements of 13 people associated with LeT
terrorist David Coleman Headley and his accomplice in 26/11
Mumbai terror attack case Tahawwur Hussain Rana as they could
be potential witnesses, during the Indo-US strategic dialogue.
The US in return told India that they would consider New Delhi's
request but conveyed that one or two people are currently
based in Canada.
June 16: The trial of seven
Pakistani suspects, including LeT commander Zakiur Rehman
Lakhvi, charged with involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks
was adjourned for a second consecutive week as no judge has
been appointed to hear the case.
June 15: Investigations into
the 13/7 Mumbai triple blasts revealed that one of the wanted
accused and IM operative Muzaffar Kola, had been using two
SIM cards which were obtained under fake identity.
The officers of the Maharashtra
ATS interrogating IM operative Mohammed Kafeel Ahmed, in connection
with 13/7 triple blasts in the city, have said that he is the
key conduit in what is believed to be a well-spread out hawala
network that channels underworld money to the terror group.
June 13: India has requested
the US to provide it access to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks
accused and LeT operatives David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur
June 11: MCOCA court postponed
the recording of the statements of the accused in the July
11, 2006 Mumbai serial train blasts after the defence moved
an application seeking to record the testimonies of two witnesses.
Maharashtra ATS probing the
case had arrested 13 accused claiming they were members of the
banned organisation SIMI and LeT.
June 10: Jury of Chicago Court,
acquitted Rana on June 10, 2011 of involvement in the 26/11
attack, it found him guilty of helping LeT for an aborted
plot to bomb a Danish newspaper for publishing cartoons of
Prophet Muhammad in 2005. Rana's trial featured testimony
from the government's star witness, his friend, David Coleman
Headley, who has confessed to his role in the Mumbai attack
and the Denmark plot.
June 6: The Maharashtra ATS
claimed that it was aware of the whereabouts of a July 13,
2011 (13/7) accused, Muzaffar Kola, listed as wanted in the
case charge sheet. He has not been arrested so far owing to
his medical condition. Muzzafar Kola, owner of the Dubai based
company Muzzafar Kola Enterprises, was in Bhatkal, Maharashtra,
even as the ATS charge sheet listed him as a wanted accused.
June 5: The ATS chargesheet
in the 13/7 case also mentions that the DNA of a woman was
found in Byculla's Habib Mansion, the building where the suspected
The CRS said ISI is also regularly
linked to anti-India terrorist groups, including the LeT, responsible
for the 26/11 attack on Mumbai.
June 4: The Maharashtra ATS
has claimed that the funds received by IM operative Yasin
Bhatkal from Dubai through the hawala channel were used to
send recruits to Pakistan to receive terror training. Investigations
revealed that suspected Pakistani bomber Waqqas (Wakas Shaikh)
had helped his co-accused steal two Activa scooters from Grant
Road and V P Road areas a day before the explosions.
May 28: Terror suspects and
IM operatives Naquee Ahmed and Nadeem Shaikh were arrested
for stealing two motorcycles from VP Road and Dongri areas
of Mumbai days before the 13/7 bomb blasts.
A magisterial court in Pune
(Maharashtra), granted permission to the state ATS to conduct
an identification parade of IM operative Qateel Siddiqui (27)
of Bihar. Siddiqui has been accused for attempting to plant
a bomb near the Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati temple in
Pune on February 13, 2010.
Mohammed Kafeel Ansari, suspected
to be the close associate of elusive IM 'chief' Yasin Bhatkal
and also the accused in 13/7 serial blasts case, was remanded
in Maharashtra ATS custody till June 8 by a Maharashtra Control
of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court in Mumbai.
Judicial magistrate first class
A.G. Santani, granted permission to Maharashtra ATS to conceal
names of witnesses in the case in which IM operative Qateel
Siddiqui (27) of Bihar was arrested for allegedly making a bid
to plant a bomb near the Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati
temple in Pune on February 13, 2010.
Among the 641 witnesses listed
by the ATS in the July 13, 2011 (13/7) triple blasts case chargesheet,
at least eight men who were working in the Sakhli Street Byculla
workshop of accused Naquee Ahmed's brother Rafi Ahmed at that
time claim to have spotted the two accused, Naquee and Nadeem
Akhtar, meet and interact with one Imran and two others in February
2011. The Police believe that Imran is an alias used
by the main conspirator of the blasts, IM leader, Yasin Bhatkal.
Another witness included in
the chargesheet is a key maker who allegedly made duplicate
keys for two bikes. The ATS has said that of the four bikes
stolen by Naquee and Nadeem, two were used to plant bombs at
Opera House and Zaveri Bazaar. The police have recovered the
duplicate keys. In his statement, the key maker said that two
young men came to his shop in the first week of July 2011 and
one of them asked him to make duplicate keys on urgent basis
for a Honda Activa and a Unicorn Motorbike.
May 27: The link between underworld
and IM has surfaced with Maharashtra ATS naming Dubai-based
Muzaffar Kola, an associate of jailed 1993 serial blasts accused
Mustaffa Dossa, as a wanted accused in 13/7 blasts case.
ATS sources said, "Kola has
been associated with Dossa and his absconding brother Mohammed
Dossa. On Kola's instructions, hawala [illegal money
transfer] operator Kanwar Pathrija (arrested in the 13/7 blasts
case) allegedly handed over Rs. ten lakh [INR 1 million] to
one Shivanand, who later turned out to be Yasin Bhatkal". "With
this link, we now cannot rule out underworld help in this terror
attack," the source added.
May 25: The chargesheet filed
by the ATS before a special Maharashtra Control of Organized
Crime Act Court on May 25, states that the serial bombings
that hit Mumbai (Maharashtra) on July 13, 2012 (13/7) were
planned and coordinated by IM leaders from Pakistan.
The nearly 4,800-pages-long
document names at least 10 accused and says that the objectives
behind the bombings at Opera House, Zaveri Bazar and Dadar were
to "create instability in the state" and to "weaken the country's
The chargesheet says that "the
entire criminal conspiracy was hatched by Riyaz Bhatkal and
Yasin Bhatkal of IM. The banned terrorist group, it adds, was
created by Pakistani spy agency ISI "to spread terror in this
country". Riyaz and his brother Iqbal Bhatkal "operate from
Pakistan with the help of their associates based in India by
imparting instructions to them" via electronic means through
Yasin. Riyaz and Yasin are two of the wanted accused named in
the chargesheet. Among the remaining wanted accused are two
suspected Pakistani nationals identified as Waqqas Ibrahim Shaikh
and Danish alias Tabrez, Shaikh Mohammadd Tahsin Akhtar,
currently believed to be on the run in Andhra Pradesh; and an
Indian-born hawala (illegal money transfer) operator
based in Dubai named Muzzafar Kola.
Apart from the above mentioned
named, the 10 names in the chargesheet also include Naquee Ahmed,
Nadeem Shaikh, Kanwar Pathrija and Haroon Naik who are facing
trial under the stringent MCOCA, the IPC and other laws.
May 16: Police are likely
to issue red-corner notices against the two Pakistani suspected
bombers, Waqqas and Tabrez, in the July 13, 2011, bombings
Mumbai Police have stated that
the sanctions imposed by the US on "drug traffickers" Tiger
Memon and Chhota Shakeel, both close aides of terrorist Dawood
Ibrahim, have come too late.
May 14: UMHA has confirmed
that Mumbai (Maharashtra) and Gujarat are on the terror radar
of Pakistan-based groups.
May 13: Investigations into
the arrest of Pune time-bomb planter, IM operative, Qateel
Siddqiui, revealed that he had shared a cab with three other
persons while travelling to Mumbai from Pune with the bomb.
May 11: Maharashtra ATS has
claimed that alleged IM operative Mohammed Qateel Mohammed
Jafar Siddiqui has confessed that he conducted a recce of
the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple in Pune and showed the
places he visited, and the spot where he unsuccessfully tried
to place a bomb.
May 9: Talking about several
terror alerts, related to Mumbai, raised by the Central Intelligence
Agencies periodically, an unnamed Policeman said they are
Maharashtra ATS officers found
out that Yasin Bhatkal, who heads IM, invested INR 1.4 million
in the under-construction Poonam Paradise in Nalla Sopara (east)
of Thane District in Maharashtra in 2010.
May 8: Central Intelligence
agencies have warned the Mumbai Police that five suspected
LeT militants have sneaked into the city and are plotting
to attack several vital installations, including petroleum
establishments, possibly through the sea route.
May 3: A Pune court granted
eight days' Police custody to IM militant Mohammad Quateel
alias Mohammad Jafir Siddiqui.
UMHA has asked the Maharashtra
Police to hold joint training sessions for personnel on how
to investigate terror attacks.
Interrogation of the arrested
13/7 bomb blasts suspects has revealed that the two Pakistanis
militants who are involved in the attacks along with IM militant,
Yasin Bhatkal, had been using stolen cellphones to mislead the
May 2: The Maharashtra ATS
has found traces of RDX along with other explosives in a flat
in Habib building at Byculla in Mumbai, where IM militants
suspected to have been involved in the July 13, 2011 Mumbai
blasts (also known as 13/7) stayed.
Commenting on the issue of delay
in implementing the death sentence of 26/11 Mumbai (Maharashtra)
attacks convict Ajmal Kasab, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram,
said in Parliament that Kasab needs a fair trial.
May 1: Delhi court gave the
ATS of Pune (Maharashtra) the custody remand of IM militant
Mohammad Qateel Siddiqui (27) to interrogate him for his alleged
role in the German Bakery bomb blast (February 13, 2010) in
April 30: A Saudi national,
identified as Bandar Mohammed Ureb (32), captain of a merchant
vessel, was arrested for possessing FICNs with the face value
of INR 45,000 in Mumbai (Maharashtra).
April 25: Airport customs
officials of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in
Mumbai (Maharashtra) arrested a naval captain of Saudi Arabia,
identified as Mohammed Bandar (31) for smuggling in FICNs
with a face value of INR 45,000.
Officials said Bandar had obtained
it from an authorized money dealer in Saudi Arabia. He was caught
when he tried to pass off it as genuine at a pre-paid taxi counter.
The incident has brought to focus the issue of granting bail
to those arrested under the Customs Act and Central Excise Act.
The Rajya Sabha, has
been informed in a written reply by Minister of State for Home,
Jitendra Singh that 458 lives were lost in terror attacks in
Mumbai (Maharashtra) since 2000.
April 23: Two persons, identified
as Jitendra Gupta and Imesh Yadav were arrested by the Mumbai
Crime Branch with FICN amounting to INR 4.854 million from
Siddharth Nagar transit camp area in Goregaon (West) in Mumbai.
The duo was planning to set up a full-fledged fake currency
printing factory in Mumbai. The Police recovered fake notes
of INR 100, INR 500 and INR 1,000 denominations, a high-quality
printer, sparkle pens and bundles of blank papers from their
According to sources, the two
used to act as carriers and had visited several countries, including
Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, China and Korea. Yadav has good
command over Thai and Korean languages.
A Police officer said that in
Uttar Pradesh, the two were successful in circulating FICN,
but the demand of notes was very less. "They had come to Mumbai
only a fortnight ago to study the market and were planning to
set up a fake note printing unit. Notes printed by them were
almost like genuine ones, and to make it more genuine they would
smartly use sparkles on the security thread of the notes," said
April 20: India requested
the US to extradite Tahawwur Rana and grant it access for
a second time to Pakistani-American LeT operative David Coleman
Headley, both of them jailed in America on terror charges.
April 18: The investigation
into the 13/7 Mumbai triple blast case revealed that the two
Pakistani bombers staying in Byculla's Habib Apartments used
as many as 18 SIM cards and six handsets.
April 13: A special MCOCA
court granted permission to the NIA to question the four accused,
arrested for their alleged role in the Mumbai blasts of July
13, 2011, in connection with the blast outside Delhi High
Court in September, 2011.
April 9: Nadeem Sheikh, one
of the accused in the 13/7 Mumbai serial blasts made an application
before the MCOCA court, seeking a retraction of his confession.
April 2: Pune Police has served
notices on cadres of the SIMI in Maharashtra, following a
notification issued by the UAPA at New Delhi declaring SIMI
as an unlawful association.
March 30: Maharashtra Home
Minister R. R. Patil told the State Assembly that terrorists
had conducted a trial run at the Shrimant Dagadusheth Halwai
Ganpati Temple in Pune three days prior to the German Bakery
blast (February 13, 2010).
March 29: Maharashtra ATS
has identified the man who planted the explosive at Dadar
(Mumbai) on July 13, 2011, which killed one person and injured
10. The suspect is on the run in south India, sources said.
March 27: Maharashtra ATS
arrested two suspected SIMI cadres from Chikhli area of Buldhana
District. The ATS team arrested Akil Ahmad Mohm Yusuf Khilji
and Mohd Zafar Hussain, both residents of Khandwa, MP.
The terror module was attempting
to set up bases in Aurangabad, Jalna and Buldhana Districts
of Maharashtra and recruit people in the State. They were also
planning to assassinate some prominent Hindu leaders in Maharashtra.
The arrest of 2008 Ahmadabad
serial blasts accused Mohammad Abrar Babu Khan by ATS on March
26 is being viewed as a significant development by Central intelligence
agencies with officials claiming that the dreaded terrorist
was controlling the entire network of IM and banned SIMI in
western and central India.
March 26: A suspected SIMI
cadre was killed while two of his accomplices - one of whom
is said to be involved in the July 26, 2008, serial blasts
in Ahmadabad - were arrested after a gun battle with the ATS
in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The slain suspect has been identified
as Khalil Akhil Khilji while those arrested are Abrar Babukhan
alias Munna and Mohammad Shaker Hussain.
March 25: Dawood Ibrahim (1993
Mumbai serial blasts accused) has at least 20 fake passports,
8 of which were issued in Mumbai, Chhota Rajan has 8, and
Chhota Shakeel 6 and the simplicity with which fake passports
can be acquired is a major reason for gangsters' ability to
slink across borders and elude the Police.
March 24: A fresh twist appeared
in the September 8, 2006 Malegaon blast investigations as
the NIA, begins to suspect that Hindu fundamentalists might
have used Muslim hands to execute the blast.
March 23: Maharashtra ATS
claimed to have information on two persons suspected to have
played a role in the triple blasts in Mumbai on July 13 last
year. The two suspects were identified around the second week
March 22: Maharashtra ATS
told the court that one of the four arrested - Nadeem Shaikh
- for 13/7 blasts had confessed and that his statement has
been recorded before a magistrate. The four arrested - Naquee
Ahmed, Nadeem Shaikh, Kanwar Pathrija and Haroon Naik - were
produced before the Mazgaon metropolitan court and sent to
judicial custody till April 4.
March 19: Portuguese Constitution
Court has stayed a judicial order cancelling extradition of
gangster and key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts,
Abu Salem to India, the Union Government informed the Supreme
Court in Delhi.
March 9: Two militants of
IM, Haroon Naik and hawala operator Kanwar Nain Wazeer Chand
Patrija who were behind bars for Opera House (Mumbai) blast
(13/7) case were remanded in ATS custody by a local court
in connection with the Dadar explosion that took place on
the same day.
March 2: Mazgaon Court in
Mumbai extended the Police custody of Haroon Naik and Kanwal
Nain Patrija, alleged operatives of IM, arrested for their
role in the 13/7 bomb blasts, till 9th March.
February 27: NIA formally
arrested Lokesh Sharma, already in judicial custody in connection
with the Samjhauta train bombing case, for his alleged role
in the 2008 Malegaon blast. Sharma was produced before the
special MCOCA court in Mumbai where he was remanded to NIA
custody till March 9.
February 24: Maharashtra ATS,
which is probing the July 13 Mumbai triple blasts case obtained
the custody of Haroon Naik and Kanwar Pathrija till March
2 in connection with the blast at Zaveri Bazaar.
February 17: A Pakistani judicial
commission will visit India on March 12 as part of the probe
into the 2008 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
February 16: A diary, which
sailed with Ajmal Kasab and nine other terrorists from Karachi
(Pakistan) and provided them with crucial sea-coordinates
to reach Mumbai on November 26, 2008 along with locations
to attack, landed on the table of two Supreme Court judges
who will take the final call on award of death sentence of
February 10: Eight years after
two blasts at the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai
killed 52 people; the Bombay High Court upheld the death sentence
awarded to the three accused LeT militants.
February 7: ATS has found
out that Haroon Naik, arrested on February 1 for 13/7 Mumbai
blasts, had met LeT operations chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi
and was present at an "inspirational" lecture by slain al
Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan just a month before
the 9/11 attack.
February 1: Haroon Rashid
Naik (33), a Mumbra (a Mumbai suburb) resident, was arrested
by the ATS in the 13/7 triple blasts case. He is the fourth
man to be arrested in the case for facilitating the hawala
racket from where Mumbai blasts were funded.
January 31: Maharashtra ATS
and Delhi Police's Special Cell have arrested a Delhi-based
hawala operator, Kanwar Nain Pathrija, in Delhi for arranging
funds for the 13/7 Mumbai blasts.
January 26: prior to executing
the 13/7 blasts in Mumbai, IM operatives Yasin Bhatkal and
Riyaz Bhatkal bargained extensively on the amount to be spent
to execute the terror attack. Though Yasin demanded INR 1.7
million to bomb three places in Mumbai, he was paid only INR
1.2 million by IM leaders, investigations have revealed.
Maharashtra ATS revealed that
the hawala money to fund the attacks was routed through UAE.
January 25: The Maharashtra
ATS made its ninth arrest in a fraudulent SIM card case.
January 24: Maharashtra ATS
chief Rakesh Maria said that the IM first recruited youths
from Cheetah Camp in Trombay (Maharashtra), then Kondwa in
Pune (Maharashtra), then Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and now
Darbhanga in Bihar.
The investigations into the
bogus SIM cards racket led the Police to the accused in the
July 13, 2011 Mumbai triple blast case (also known as 13/7).
The ATS recovered 400 documents
provided by Tikole through which prepaid SIM cards were bought
by the IM module members.
Eight persons have been arrested
by the ATS in the 13/7 case so far.
January 23: Maharashtra ATS
claimed to have made a major breakthrough in the triple Mumbai
blasts July 13, 2011 that claimed 27 lives, with the arrest
of two of the accused hailing from Bihar.
Yasin Bhatkal, the mastermind
of the 13/7 Mumbai blasts, might have succeeded in evading the
Police, but he remains in India, officials of the Maharashtra.
January 19: counter-terrorism
agencies have narrowed down on the terror-financing module
that is operating out of New Delhi, and is believed to have
aided IM operatives in executing the July 13 triple blasts
in Mumbai and the Delhi blast. Sources in counter-terrorism
agencies said that they had identified the recipient of the
money illegally channeled from Dubai to a hawala operator
January 17: Two Pakistanis
- Tavrez and Bakas - and two Indian nationals - IM operative
Yasin Bhatkal and an unidentified man - had executed the blasts
at Zaveri Bazaar, Opera House and Kabutarkhana in Dadar on
July 13, 2011.
December 25: The 60-page NIA
charge sheet (filed on December 24), highlighted roles of
LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, LeT commander Zakir-ur-Rehman Lakhvi,
al-Qaeda operative Ilyas Kashmiri and two serving Pakistani
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officers - Major Iqbal and
Major Sameer Ali in "larger conspiracy to organize spectacular
terrorist attacks on places of iconic importance in India".
India will share NIA's charge
sheet, filed against American terrorist David Coleman Headley
and eight others, including Hafiz Saeed and two serving Pakistani
ISI officials, with Pakistan during home secretary-level talks
between the two countries in Islamabad in January, 2012.
December 20: The Centre said
a terror module busted in Delhi recently had links with Pakistan-based
terrorist group LeT.
December 16: The Supreme Court
stayed a Bombay HC order permitting custodial interrogation
of Malegaon blast (September 8, 2006) accused Lieutenant Colonel,
Shrikant Purohit by NIA and also issued notice to Maharashtra
ATS on his plea for bail.
December 14: After facing
some reverses in their strongholds, the CPI-Maoist has formed
a 'Golden Corridor Committee' to build its base in hitherto
untouched industrial areas of Gujarat and Maharashtra, stretching
from Pune to Ahmedabad, including commercial hubs like Mumbai,
Nashik, Surat and Vadodara. Besides, the Maoists have planned
to expand their movement to Nagpur, Wardha, Bhandara and Yavatmal
Districts of Maharashtra in addition to their existing bases
in Gadchiroli, Gondia and Chandrapur in the state.
December 9: Interrogation
of six suspected IM operatives, arrested recently for their
alleged role in various terror attacks across India, reveals
that Pune's [Maharashtra] famous Dagdusheth Halwai was also
on their radar. It is also revealed that the agenda of the
refurbished Indian Mujahideen is targetting religious places,
voicing the concerns of Pakistan and large-scale destruction.
December 1: The Maharashtra
ATS chief Rakesh Maria said that the State ATS would get the
custody of suspected IM operative Mohammad Qateel Siddiqui
(27), arrested by the special cell of the Delhi police, for
interrogation in the German Bakery blast case. Siddiqui was
arrested with five other IM operatives by the Delhi Police
for their alleged involvement in terror strikes at the German
Bakery in Pune, Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore and near
Jama Masjid in Delhi.
November 29: In an estimate
made by the Union Government, Maharashtra reported nearly
85% of the total seizure of FICNs in the India during the
November 16: Seven persons
accused of planning and executing the 2006 Malegaon serial
bomb blasts (September 8, 2006) were released after a trial
court in Mumbai granted them bail.
November 9: Bombay High Court
rejected the bail plea of Lt Col Prasad Purohit while allowing
that of another accused, Ajay Rahirkar in the 2007 Samjhauta
Express bombing case.
November 5: A special MCOCA
court granted bail to all nine persons accused in the Malegaon
blasts case (September 8, 2006) after the NIA told the court
it had no objection to any of their bail pleas.
November 4: The NIA is said
to have found that Hindu extremists, who are suspected of
orchestrating the Malegaon bomb blasts (September 8, 2006)
in Maharashtra had allegedly used two Muslim men to plant
the bombs in and around a mosque in the textile town.
November 3: The NIA is said
to have found that Hindu extremists, who are suspected of
orchestrating the Malegaon bomb blasts (September 8, 2006)
in Maharashtra had allegedly used two Muslim men to plant
the bombs in and around a mosque in the textile town.
September 25: The Mumbai Police
Chief claimed that the group which carried out the triple
blasts in Mumbai on July 13, 2011 has been identified.
September 16: Maharashtra
Police have received inputs from central intelligence agencies
about possibility of terror attacks on luxury buses plying
between Mumbai and Ahmadabad and steps have been taken to
foil any such bid.
September 9: A Sessions Court
in Thane in Maharashtra discarded charges under the Unlawful
Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) brought against the two persons
sentenced to 10 years imprisonment over the 2008 theatre blasts,
observing that as the target was a drama producer, the offence
was not a "terrorist act" intended to threaten the country's
September 8: The Maharashtra
Police recommended that the State Government ban right-wing
groups including Sanatan Sanstha and Abhinav Bharat.
September 4: The NIAconcluded
that the Mumbai serial blasts (July 13, 2011) was the handiwork
of the homegrown militant outfit IM.
September 3: A resident of
Mumbra town who was recently arrested by the Maharashtra ATS
in a case involving FICNs has emerged as a key suspect in
the Mumbai serial blasts case (June 13, 2011).
The Maharashtra state ATS believes
that the Mumbai serial blasts (July 13, 2011)strike was funded
by the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI through the Saudi Arabian
route and executed with the help of local city youth.
August 30: After being convicted
by a sessions court in Mumbai, two persons, were sentenced
to ten years' imprisonment for carrying out an explosion and
planting explosives in theatres in different cities of Maharashtra
August 9: A sessions court
in Mumbai convicted two persons, allegedly linked to the Hindutva
outfit Sanatan Sanstha, of conspiring and carrying out blasts
at theatres around Mumbai in 2008. Four other accused charged
with the same offences were acquitted of all charges against
July 22: Mumbai ATS arrested
three persons in connection with the Mumbai serial blasts
case (13/7). According to sources, two of the arrestees hailed
from Northern Maharashtra while the third one was from Gujarat.
July 13: Three serial bomb
blasts in the span of 10 minutes ripped through three of the
busiest hubs in Mumbai city -Zaveri Bazar, Opera House and
Dadar-, killing 17 people and injuring 131 others. The first
explosion was at 6.54pm at Zaveri Bazaar, followed by another
at Opera House a minute later. The third explosion was at
7.06pm outside Kabutarkhana, a few metres from the western
side of Dadar railway station.
May 31: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism
Squad, , arrested a person in Mumbai who allegedly sent an
e-mail to the CBI giving information about future terror strikes
in 10 large cities of India, including Mumbai and Delhi.
April 25: A special court
in Pune in Maharashtra deferred the framing of charges against
the alleged mastermind Mirza Himayat Baig in the German Bakery
bomb blast case (February 13, 2010) till June 7.
April 22: The extremist leader
Swami Aseemanand, who is accused of masterminding bomb explosions
in Ajmer Dargah, Mecca mosque, Malegaon and Samjhauta Express,
told a trial court in Ajmer that he was innocent and that
probe agencies had extracted a confession from him under duress.
April 20: The Maharashtra
ATS filed a supplementary chargesheet against Praveen Mutalik
accused in the Malegaon blast case (September 29, 2008) in
the Maharashtra Control of Organized crime Act (MCOCA) Court.
The Centre warned Maharashtra Police about a possible terror
plot to target the cricket World Cup final in Mumbai on April
A special MCOCA court rejected the bail application of all
the nine persons accused in the Malegaon blast case (September
March 6: Residents of Malegaon
(Maharashtra) said the special CBI team reinvestigating the
2006 Malegaon bomb blasts told them that their probe revealed
that the RDX used in the blasts was stolen from the Army.
February 25-26 :
A local court in Mumbai granted four days' transit remand
to Mohammed Asad Siddiqui, a SIMI cadre and an accused in
the August 14, 2000 Kanpur blast case, arrested in a joint
operation by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and
Uttar Pradesh ATS in Mumbai on February 25.
Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving LeT militants
of the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks (also known
as 26/11), has decided to challenge the death penalty recently
awarded to him by the Bombay High Court. "He wants to
challenge the order," Farhana Shah, Kasab's counsel,
told The Hindu on February 23.
February 21: The Bombay High
Court upheld the death sentence awarded by the trial court
to the lone surviving Pakistani gunman, Mohammad Ajmal Amir
Kasab who is accused of involvement in the Mumbai terrorist
attacks (November 26, 2008, also known as 26/11). It also
upheld the acquittal of co-accused Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin
Ahmed for want of corroborative evidence. Among the several
charges against Kasab, the most serious was his waging a war
against the Indian government, the Bombay High Court said.
Upholding his death sentence, Justice Ranjan Desai said, "Perhaps
the weightiest aggravating circumstance is that Kasab waged
a war against the Government of India pursuant to a conspiracy
which was hatched in Pakistan, the object of which was to
inter alia destabilise the Government of India and to weaken
India's economic might."
13: A special court in Mumbai granted permission to the CBI
for reinvestigating the Malegaon blast case (September 8,2006)
in Maharashtra in the wake of Swami Aseemanand's (the hardliner
religious leader accused of involvement in terrorist activities
and currently in Police custody) statement linking Hindu groups
to the case.
6: As part of its effort to crack down on terrorism, the Maharashtra
Government made it harder for people convicted of terrorist
and extremist activities to get out of jail early.
24: A manhunt was under way in Mumbai for four alleged cadres
of the LeT outfit that attacked the city in 2008 (November
26), amid warnings of a strike on foreign targets over Christmas
and New Year.
23: The Mumbai Police issued an advisory stating that four
LeT militants had entered Mumbai with the intention of causing
an "extremely dangerous and violent attack" on the
city in view of the coming festivals and New Year celebrations.
22: The Centre put Mumbai (Maharashtra) and Ahmedabad (Gujrat)
on high alert after getting specific intelligence inputs that
LeT militants had sneaked into these two cities to strike
at any time in coming days.
15: The Criminal Intelligence Unit of the Mumbai Crime Branch
arrested an Indian national for "suspicious and anti-national
activities" on December 10, Joint Commissioner of Police
(Crime) Himanshu Roy told a press conference in Mumbai.
13: Slain Mumbai Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) Chief Hemant Karkare
was on the hit list of the Islamist militant outfit Indian
10: During the question hour in the Maharashtra Legislative
Council it was disclosed that a check by the Mumbai Police
revealed that 60 per cent of the prepaid mobile SIM cards
in the city were issued against bogus documents.
7: A local court in Mumbai remanded two suspected LeT operatives,
arrested for allegedly plotting strikes on oil and military
installations in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat and a railway
station in the metropolis to judicial custody till December
terror suspect Tahawwur Hussain Rana, co-accused with the
Pakistani-American LeT operative David Coleman Headley in
the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks (also known
as 26/11), will be tried in a federal court in Chicago on
29: The Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested two suspected
LeT militants in Thane District in Maharashtra. The duo was
allegedly trying to recruit members for carrying out terrorist
activities targeting oil installations in Maharashtra, Rajasthan
and Gujarat. They were also instructed to provide details
about military installations in Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad.
25: Mumbai Police arrested a person believed to have been
involved in the Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) blast (February 14,
1998), in which 33 people were killed and 153 others were
injured, from the international airport in Mumbai. The accused
has been identified as Shabbir.
21: Intelligence inputs sent to Mumbai Police by Central Agencies
have hinted at Islamist militant outfits LeT, HM and IM joining
forces to carry out a terror attack on a five-star hotel in
Mumbai, similar to the November 26, 2008 offensive. Security
agencies said a seven-member gang comprising operatives from
the three outfits has apparently been dispatched to the city.
October 21: Pakistani-American
David Coleman Headley, the mastermind in the November 26,
2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks (also known as 26/11) videotaped
the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and its large residential
colony in Mumbai for the Pakistan’s external intelligence
agency, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). This video, Headley
revealed, was not given to the LeT. During his interrogation
by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Chicago, Headley
said, "(in March 2008) Major Iqbal (who he described as his
"handler" in the ISI) asked me to explore BARC in Mumbai and
specially its staff colony as a target. He gave me the mobile
phone camera (and) some counterfeit money." After he returned,
Headley gave the video to Iqbal but did not give it to his
LeT colleague, Sajid Majid.
October 19: The ISI, Pakistan’s
external intelligence agency, played a major role in helping
prepare the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks (also known as
26/11), one of the planners of the attacks has told Indian
interrogators. Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley, who
confessed to surveying targets for the attacks that left 166
people dead, made detailed claims about support from the ISI,
said Britain's Guardian newspaper. Headley described dozens
of meetings between officers of the ISI and senior militants
from LeT, said the paper, citing a 109-page Indian Government
report into his interrogation. Guardian said Headley claimed
the ISI was attempting to strengthen militant organisations
with links to the Pakistani State which were being marginalised
by more extreme groups. Headley claimed that at least two
of his missions were partly paid for by the ISI and that he
regularly reported to the spy agency, said the British daily.
"The ISI... had no ambiguity in understanding the necessity
to strike India," Headley is cited as telling the Indian investigators,
who reportedly interviewed him over 34 hours in the US in
June. The documents suggest, however, that the ISI's supervision
of the militants was often chaotic and that most senior officers
in the agency may have been unaware of the scale of the attacks
before they were launched, added the paper. Headley, who changed
his name from Daood Gilani, confessed to his role in plotting
the attacks after being arrested in the US. In exchange for
pleading guilty to the attacks, US prosecutors agreed he would
not face extradition to India or the death penalty.
October 18: The Maharashtra
Government opened arguments in the Bombay High Court on October
18 on confirmation of death sentence to Ajmal Kasab, the lone
surviving Pakistani LeT terrorist involved in the November
26, 2008 Mumbai attacks (also known as 26/11). The arguments
began in court 49 before Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice
R V More through video conference to enable Kasab hear the
proceedings from the Central Jail where he is imprisoned in
the high security bomb and bullet proof cell. On May 6, 2010,
the trial court had awarded death sentence to Kasab. In accordance
with law, death penalty was referred to the High Court for
October 17: Two of the three
wives of Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley forewarned
the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the November
26, 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks (also known as 26/11),.
Headley’s American wife had given the FBI in New York a tip-off
on his LeT links in 2005, while his Moroccan wife, Faiza Outalha,
had told authorities in the US embassy in Islamabad, less
than a year before the Mumbai attacks, that Headley was plotting
a terror strike. Faiza Outalha, claims she even showed the
US embassy officials in Islamabad a photo of Headley and herself
in the Taj Mahal Hotel, where they stayed twice in April and
May 2007. "Hotel records confirm their stay," the
New York Times (NYT) reported. Outalha said that in two meetings
with officials at the US embassy in Islamabad, she told them
that her husband had many friends who were known to be LeT
members. "Despite those warnings by two of his three
wives, Headley roamed far and wide on Lashkar’s behalf between
2002 and 2009, receiving training in small-calibre weapons
and counter surveillance, scouting targets for attacks, and
building a network of connections that extended from Chicago
to Pakistan’s lawless north-western frontier,".Mike Hammer,
spokesman of the National Security Council, White House, told
PTI, "Had we known about the timing and other specifics
related to the Mumbai attacks, we would have immediately shared
those details with India." He said the US "regularly
provided threat information" to Indian officials in 2008
before the attacks in Mumbai, adding, "It is our Government’s
solemn responsibility to notify other nations of possible
terrorist activity on their soil." He made the remarks
when asked about an investigative report on the Mumbai attacks
published by Pro Publica, an independent, non-profit newsroom
that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
October 16: One of the accused
in the Pune (Maharashtra) bakery blast case had said LeT operatives
were being trained in Sri Lanka. Though the training was said
to have taken place in an area close to Colombo, Sri Lankan
authorities denied this citing heavy presence of Security
Force personnel in the area.
October 15: The wife of a
key figure in the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks
(also known as 26/11) warned US federal agents three years
beforehand that her husband was training with a Pakistani
militant group. The wife of David Coleman Headley warned Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents in August 2005 that her
husband had undergone intensive training with LeT and was
in contact with extremists. Headley's wife, who was not named
in the report, called a terrorism hotline after getting into
a fight with him in August 2008, the Post said. The FBI agents
followed up, and interviewed her three times, the newspaper
reported in a story co-authored with journalism foundation
Pro Publica. She told agents that her husband "was an active
militant in the terrorist group LeT, had trained extensively
in its Pakistani camps, and had shopped for night vision goggles".
Despite the warning, Headley was able to continue moving freely,
travelling to Pakistan, India, Dubai and Europe in 2006, gathering
information and material that made the attack possible. US
anti-terrorism agencies did warn Indian counterparts about
a possible LeT plot to target Mumbai in 2008, but it was unclear
whether the warnings were based on Headley's wife's tip-off
two years earlier. Headley was reportedly also bragging about
being a US Government informant before the attacks, telling
his wife and others that he is working for the Drug Enforcement
Agency (DEA) and FBI. Headley did work as an informant for
the DEA in the 1990s when he was known by his birth name Daood
Gilani and had been arrested for smuggling heroin from Pakistan.
After a second arrest and more work for the agency, he went
to Pakistan, where he became radicalized, the Post reported.
Then, after the September 11, 2001 attacks, he began telling
people he was working for a joint DEA-FBI project. But FBI
officials told the Post they did not believe Headley, who
changed his name in 2006, had ever worked for the FBI. Headley,
the son of a former Pakistani diplomat and a white American
woman, is being held in the United States. He confessed to
plotting the attacks and in exchange for pleading guilty,
US prosecutors agreed he would not face extradition to India
or the death penalty.
October 8: The Bombay Stock
Exchange (BSE) received an e-mail threatening to blow up either
BSE or Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi or a Mumbai-Delhi
flight. Intelligence Bureau too received similar alerts stating
there was a possibility of another 26/11-like terror attack
through the sea route. Accordingly Security was beefed up
around BSE and all along the sea coast. Also, Navy, CISF,
Coast Guard personnel and fishermen were put on high alert.
- September 28: Pakistani militant Ajmal Kasab
filed an appeal in Bombay High Court challenging death penalty
awarded to him for killing 166 persons in the Mumbai terrorists
attacks on November 26, 2008 (also known as 26/11). Kasab challenged
the death penalty saying it was a harsh punishment imposed on
him and pleaded that there were lapses in evidence produced
by Police in the trial court.
September 23: Sheikh Lalbaba
Mohammed Hussain Farid alias Bilal, the LeT militant arrested
by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) for planning
to commit a terrorist activities, has been granted Police
custody till October 2 by the Nasik sessions court.
Fahim Ansari, who was acquitted
by a trial court in the November 26, 2008, Mumbai terror attacks
case (also known as 26/11), was produced before a session’s
court in Mumbai. He was brought from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh
after warrants against him, and another co-accused, Sabahuddin
Ahmed, were issued to "secure" their presence in
the case, currently at the Bombay High Court.
Investigations into the email
sent by the Indian Mujahideen (IM) hours after the Jama Masjid
firing incident in Delhi on September 18 have revealed that
a second-hand Nokia mobile handset purchased from a shop in
Dongri in south Mumbai was used to send the threat mail. However,
the shopkeeper has no records of the person who bought the
handset. Investigators believe that the terrorist bought a
second-hand mobile to reduce the chances of getting traced.
September 21: Mumbai Police
detained two persons in connection with the bomb blast outside
the Jama Masjid (Mosque) in Delhi. Also, the e-mail purportedly
sent by the Indian Mujahideen outfit was traced to Borivali
September 20: Sheikh Lalbaba
Mohammed Hussain Farid alias Bilal, who was recently arrested
by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) for allegedly
planning attacks on sensitive establishments in Nasik and
for being the mastermind behind the German Bakery blast in
Pune, was denied Police custody by the Chief Judicial Magistrate,
citing "slow investigation." The ATS has challenged
the decision in the session’s court.
Lawyers defending LeT ‘commander’
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six others charged with involvement
in the in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks said that none of them
will go to India as part of a proposed commission to record
the testimony of key witnesses, including surviving attacker
Ajmal Kasab. "We will not go to India because of security
concerns. There has been hatred among the general public against
Kasab," senior advocate Khwaja Sultan, the counsel for LeT
‘commander’ Lakhvi, said. Sultan noted that the lawyer of
Fahim Ansari, one of the Indians accused of involvement in
the Mumbai attacks, was shot dead. "We cannot risk our lives
by going to India when we are the counsel for the accused
here," he added. He also claimed it would not be easy for
the Indian government to provide security to the proposed
September 16: Mirza Himayat
Baig, the LeT operative arrested by the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism
Squad (ATS) over his alleged involvement in the German Bakery
blast case in Pune, revealed during interrogation that he
had purchased the haversack and the mobile phone used in the
blast from two shops in South Mumbai’s Crawford Market. An
earlier forensic probe had found that the trigger used for
the blast was an alarm ringer within the cell phone with the
Improvised Explosive Device (IED) placed inside a red haversack.
Baig is believed to have come to Mumbai by a private bus and
stayed at a guesthouse in the Crawford Market area for a day
under his operative name ‘Yusuf’. The guesthouse is a dormitory
with INR 180 as daily rent. The Maharashtra ATS seized the
guesthouse register in which they identified his ‘handwritten
name and signature’. Documents of purchase and registers at
the two shops were seized too. The agency is tracing his travels
within the state and collecting evidence to establish the
chain of events.
September 14: Mirza Himayat
Baig, the alleged mastermind behind the Pune German Bakery
bomb blast case, and his accomplice Ahmed Zarar alias Yaseen
Bhatkal, who is still absconding, had carried a three kilogram
RDX bomb from Udgir to Pune, a distance of 380km, in state
transport buses before the detonators were finally attached
with the bomb hours before the blast on February 13. A senior
officer of the ATS said that to avoid any suspicion, the duo
dared to carry the bomb in a polythene bag. "It was easier
to carry and nobody would suspect that someone is carrying
explosives in a polythene bag," the officer added.
September 13: A senior Maharashtra
Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) officer said that the two militants,
identified as Sheikh Lalbaba Mohammed Hussain Farid alias
Bilal and Himayat Baig, who were arrested by the ATS in Mumbai
in the German Bakery blast case, had plans to target sensitive
places in Nasik. According to the ATS, Sheikh Lalbaba Mohammed
Hussain Farid had already conducted a reconnaissance mission
of the Maharashtra Police Academy, the Police Commissioner
Office and the Army camp at Deolali in Nasik on the instructions
of Himayat Baig.
September 10: The Mumbai Police
are on the lookout for two foreign nationals who have reportedly
sneaked into Maharashtra and entered the City to launch a
terror attack during the festive season. Following inputs
from intelligence agencies, an alert was sent on wireless
that places of worship are likely targets. The Police, while
releasing pictures of the duo, Kalimuddin Khan alias
Rameshwar Pandit and Hafeez Sharif, refused to confirm whether
they were from Pakistan. "As of now, we only have information
that they are foreign nationals," said Joint Commissioner
of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy. The Police asked the public
to be alert and inform authorities if they spot the two persons.
September 9: Rakesh Maria,
chief of the Maharashtra ATS told journalists in Mumbai that
Himayat Baig, the alleged mastermind of the German Bakery
blast case (February 13, 2010) in Pune, arrested by the ATS,
received one-to-one training in bomb-making in Colombo in
Sri Lanka in 2008 from Fayyaz Qazi, an absconding LeT operative.
Maria said, the Sri Lankan city was chosen only as a meeting
point and there was no other significance to it. Ruling out
the LTTE or any other connection, he said, "There seems to
be only two reasons for choosing Colombo: the access to the
country is easy as there is visa-on-arrival facility."
Maria also said that Baig
earlier received training in Bhatkal in Karnataka as well
in 2007. He was trained in the methods of indoctrinating youth
and the techniques to deal with Police interrogation. His
primary job was to recruit and send youth for training to
Pakistan. He even became a member of the Popular Front of
India (PFI) for the same purpose. He was in touch with the
LeT and had also been to Ashoka Mews in Pune (the media hub
of the Indian Mujahideen which was busted by the ATS).
September 8: Mirza Himayat
Baig, chief of the LeT unit in Maharashtra along with another
person, Sheikh Lalbaba Mohammad Hussain Farid alias
Bilal, was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad
(ATS) on September 7. They were involved in the German Bakery
blast case in Pune in which 17 persons died and 56 others
were injured on February 13. At a press conference in Mumbai,
ATS chief Rakesh Maria said Baig was involved in every stage
of the incident, from conspiracy to planting the bomb in the
August 30: Bombay High Court
deferred to September 20 the hearing on the confirmation of
the death penalty awarded to Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, the
lone surviving LeT militant of the November 26, 2008 Mumbai
terror attacks after his lawyers sought time to file an appeal.
Kasab’s lawyer Amin Solkar is set to file an appeal by September
20 in the Bombay High Court. He told the court that the filing
of appeal was getting delayed as the charge sheet was voluminous
and also because of the refusal of trial court defence lawyers
to share case papers.
The Supreme Court
issued notice to the Maharashtra ATS on a special leave petition
filed by Sadhvi Pragnya Singh Thakur, accused in the Malegaon
bomb blast case, seeking bail by default of the ATS keeping
her in "illegal" detention without recording her
arrest. Counsel Mahesh Jethmalani alleged that she had been
kept in illegal custody from October 10, 2008 till October
23, 2008, when she was first produced before a Mumbai magistrate.
The notice is returnable in four weeks.
August 29: A session’s court in
Mumbai has issued transfer warrants against Fahim Ansari and
Sabahuddin Ahmed, acquitted by the trial court in the 26/11
Mumbai terror attack case. Senior Police inspector Ramesh
Mahale said over telephone that the warrants were issued on
August 26. The court has directed that they should be produced
before it on September 23.The duo is currently in police custody
in Uttar Pradesh in connection with cases there.
August 10: Maharashtra Government
filed an appeal in the Bombay High Court challenging a lower
court's verdict acquitting Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed
of conspiracy in the 26/11 case. Special public prosecutor
Ujwal Nikam confirmed that the appeals had been filed. The
state has contended that the special court erred in acquitting
Ansari and Ahmed and that the Police have substantial evidence
against the duo.
August 3: The
Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested 28 Bangladeshi
immigrants, working as labourers in Nagpur for illegally staying
in the city. They were remanded to custody till August 5.
"Due to terror threat, we keep a close watch on immigrants
from Bangladesh. They come here to work as cheap labour, but
some have ulterior motives as well," inspector Purushottam
Chaudhary told The Hindu. The arrestees have been charged
under the Foreigners' Act for entering the country without
July 19: The
Bombay High Court reapplied the MCOCA to the September 29,
2008 Malegaon blast case. The case, as a result, has been
transferred back to the Special MCOCA court. The High Court
also held that the bail applications of the accused would
be heard afresh by the MCOCA court. The court's order was
with reference to an appeal filed by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism
Squad (ATS), challenging the revocation of the MCOCA. A Division
Bench of Justices B.H. Marlapalle and Anoop V. Mohta noted
that "all the orders [of the Special Court] are required
to be quashed and set aside and all the bail applications
would stand restored to the file of the Special court for
being decided afresh on their own merits."
June 19: The
Maharashtra State ATS arrested a key Babbar Khalsa International
(BKI) militant, who had been on the run after firing at Narcotic
Control Bureau officials in Punjab in 2009. Nishant Singh
Karam Singh (27), who is also allegedly involved in drug smuggling,
was arrested from Chembur after he arrived in the Mumbai from
Nanded with five of his associates. The Police have seized
a 12 bore rifle with 24 rounds of cartridges, two Point 32
pistols and a Toyaota Innova from him. Singh has been remanded
in Police custody till June 28. Singh, who was a sepoy in
the army, had served in Kargil, Siachen and Jammu and Kashmir.
He has not reported to duty for the past 4 years. "We
have sent pictures and other details to the Punjab Police
who are supposed to send a team to the city by late evening,’’
said ATS chief Rakesh Maria. Acting on a tip-off, the Nanded
ATS unit, led by Deputy Commissioner of Police P. Sawant arrested
Singh at Diamond Garden. When asked what was Singh doing in
Mumbai, Maria said, "We have to interrogate him before
making any comment.
June 15: Abdul
Samad Bawa, who was arrested by the Maharashtra ATS in a 2009
arms case, was granted bail by a court. The judge cited lack
of material evidence as the main reason for grant of bail.
Samad is also a suspect in the February 13, 2010 Pune German
Bakery bomb blast case. Samad was arrested on May 24, 2010
for allegedly supplying arms to three persons on August 5,
2009. Samad, a resident of Bhatkal Taluk (revenue unit) in
Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka, was arrested at the
Mangalore airport. Shortly after the arrest, Union Home Minister
P. Chidambaram termed Samad the "prime suspect"
in the Pune bomb blast case. However, the ATS has not yet
confirmed his links to the blast.
June 3: The
Government of Maharashtra has decided to give a compensation
of INR 14, 23,500 for loss or property to owners of the German
Bakery based in Pune, which was destroyed by a bomb blast
on February 13, 2010 killing 17 people and injuring 65.
May 24: The
Maharashtra ATS arrested a Karnataka resident Abdul Samad
Bawa for his involvement in February 13, 2010 bombing at German
Bakery in Pune, and in jihadist networks which have executed
a series of urban bombings across India bombings since 2005.
Mangalore resident Bawa was arrested by the Maharashtra ATS
soon after his return from the United Arab Emirates (UAE),
and flown to Mumbai for questioning. Government sources said
India's intelligence services had worked closely with their
counterparts in the UAE to secure Samad's return to India.
Police have been seeking Samad's brother, Mohammad Zarar Siddi
Bawa, on suspicion that he may have played a central role
in executing the German Bakery bombing. Investigation sources
said informants identified an individual filmed by the café's
closed-circuit camera as Bawa. Bawa, also known as 'Yasin
Bhatkal', has been named as fugitive by authorities involved
in the prosecution of members of a jihadist network called
the Indian Mujahideen (IM), which carried out multiple urban
bombings nationwide. Samad, intelligence sources said, had
flown to Dubai on March 25, 2010.
The trial in
the July 2006 serial train bomb blast case is scheduled to
restart in a special court. Seven RDX bombs kept in first
class coaches of Mumbai’s suburban trains exploded on July
11, 2006. The Anti Terrorist Squad said that the conspiracy
was hatched in Pakistan and at least five of the 13 arrested
persons had gone to that country for terror training. The
Police also said Pakistan-based militant outfit LeT had used
the banned organisation, SIMI, to engineer the blasts. The
trial started in a special court in December 2007. However,
matters could not progress as the accused had challenged the
application of certain provisions of law. The legal dispute
was finally settled by the Supreme Court in April 2010 before
the trial court in Mumbai could hear the case again. The process
involved a delay of more than two years. In 2007, Saeed Ahmed,
son of serial bombing accused Sohail Shaikh Shabbir Masiullah
arrested for the 2006 Malegaon blast, and Zameer Rehman, accused
in the Aurangabad arms haul case, had filed petition in the
Bombay high court challenging the constitutional validity
of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). When
the High Court upheld the decision to slap MCOCA, the accused
moved the Supreme Court in 2008 and it stayed their trials.
May 13: A charge
sheet in the case of murder of November 26, 2008 (also Known
as 26/11) Mumbai terrorist attacks defence lawyer Shahid Azmi
was filed in a MCOCA court in Mumbai. Azmi represented Fahim
Ansari, who was acquitted in the 26/11 terrorist attacks case.
He was shot dead in his office at Taximen’s colony in Kurla
on February 11, 2010. Ramesh Mahale, senior Police inspector
of the Mumbai Crime Branch, said that the 600-page charge
sheet cited four persons as accused and five others wanted
as accused. The arrested are: Devendra Baburao Jagtap alias
JD (28), Pintoo Devram Dhagle alias Raju (25), Vinod Yashwant
Vichare (32) and Heshmukh Shankar Solanki alias Rohit. One
of the wanted accused is a well known gang leader Bharat Nepali.
He had worked for the underworld gangster Chhota Rajan gang.
Nepali, along with Vijay Shetty alias Bala Shetty and Bhagwant
Singh, ordered the contract-killing.
May 6: The Special
Sessions Court in Mumbai sentenced the lone surviving LeT
militant, Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, to death for his involvement
in the November 26, 2008 (also known as 26/11) Mumbai terrorist
attacks. Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab "shall be hanged by neck
till he is dead", the court pronounced. Kasab was given the
death penalty on five counts: murder, abetment to murder,
waging war, criminal conspiracy and committing terrorist acts.
He was also
awarded life imprisonment on five counts: attempt to murder
in furtherance of a common intention, kidnapping and abducting
in order to murder, conspiracy to wage war, collecting arms
with the intention of waging war and causing explosion thus
endangering life and property. "You have been given the death
penalty for murdering Indian citizens, Police Officers, conspiring
with Lashkar [LeT] leaders and committing terrorist acts.
The court has said while giving the judgment that you shall
be hanged unto death," Judge M.L. Tahaliyani told Kasab. The
Indian Penal Code Sections under which Kasab has been given
death penalty are: 302 (murder), 302 read with 120 B (criminal
conspiracy), 121 (waging war), 302 read with 34 (common intention)
and 302 read with 109 (abetment) read with 120 B.
He has been
given death for the offence punishable under Section 16 of
the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. For the other offences,
he was awarded rigorous imprisonment, simple imprisonment
and imposed with fines. Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam
told reporters that a confirmation of the death penalty from
the Bombay High Court was awaited. Kasab would continue to
be housed at the high security Arthur Road jail till further
orders by the Government.
May 3: A special
sessions court in Mumbai pronounced Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab,
the lone surviving LeT militant of the November 26, 2008 Mumbai
terror attacks (also known as 26/11), guilty of waging war
against India, after a 271-day trial. The 1,522-page judgment
convicted Kasab of conspiring to wage war, along with nine
other terrorists and 20 co-conspirators in Pakistan, and of
murder and abetment to murder, among other offences. Among
the 20 wanted accused indicted by the court are LeT chief
Muhammad Hafeez Saeed and other operatives Zaki-Ur-Rehman
Lakhvi, Zarar Shah and Abu Hamza. The arguments for the quantum
of sentence will begin on April 4 (today). Special sessions
judge M.L. Tahaliyani at the Arthur Road jail court in Mumbai
acquitted the other two accused, Indians, Fahim Ansari and
Sabahuddin Ahmed, of "all the charges framed against
them." The two had been accused of making and conveying
maps of target locations in Mumbai. The court said: "The
preparations made for the attacks by Kasab and nine other
attackers, and the co-conspirators, the training imparted
to the gunmen, the arms and ammunition involved and the quantity
of cartridges reached proved beyond reasonable doubt that
this was not a simple case of murder but an offence punishable
under Section 121 of the Indian Penal Code [IPC]." This
Section refers to "waging, or attempting to wage war,
or abetting in waging of war, against the Government of India."
On the basis of call data records, circumstantial evidence
and Kasab's retracted confession, the court found him, the
other gunmen and 20 co-conspirators guilty of criminal conspiracy
under Section 120B of the IPC. From the conversations with
the handlers and circumstantial corroboration of Kasab's retracted
statement, the court came to the conclusion that "they
[co-conspirators] were stationed somewhere in Pakistan."
In incidents involving the nine deceased accused, Kasab has
been found guilty of offences punishable under Section 302
(murder) read with Section 34 (acts done by several persons
in furtherance of a common intention) of the IPC. Under the
Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the court found
him guilty of "being a member of the terrorist organisation
Lashkar-e-Toiba." Kasab was held guilty of "committing
terrorist acts under Section 15 of the UAPA." He was
pronounced guilty of offences under various sections of the
Arms Act, the Explosives Act, the Explosive Substances Act,
the Passport (Entry into India) Act, the Customs Act, the
Railways Act and the Foreigners Act, and acquitted in some
Government will challenge the acquittal of Fahim Ansari and
Sabahuddin Ahmed from the 26/11 case. Hours after the special
court pronounced its verdict, State Home Minister R R Patil
said that the Government will study on what grounds the duo
was granted the benefit of doubt. "We will seek opinion of
the law and judiciary department before deciding on the future
course of action, including challenging the verdict in a higher
April 7: Maharashtra
Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) submitted its investigation report
on the February 13, 2010 Pune bomb blast report to the State
Government claiming the perpetrators of the bombing that killed
17 people have been identified and their arrest would be made
soon. The report was submitted by newly-appointed ATS Chief
Rakesh Maria to the State Home Department and was then forwarded
to the Union Government, ATS sources said but refused to disclose
the identity of the suspects. According to the sources, terrorist
outfit IM is suspected to be behind the bomb blast and the
suspects would be arrested in a day or two. State Home Minister
R.R. Patil had told the Legislative Council on April 6 that
the investigating agency had identified the suspects and more
details would be disclosed after their arrest. The Police
department has zeroed in on the accused.
The investigations into the arrest of
two terror suspects, who were planning to set ablaze the
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation’s (ONGC) Bandra headquarters,
revealed that they were also plotting to strike at two more
places in Mumbai, including Bandra’s G7 cinema complex,
officials said. The Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested two suspects,
Abdul Latif (29) and Riyaz Ali Imtiyaz (22), on
Meanwhile, the Police custody of Abdul Latif Sheikh alias
Guddu and Riyaz Ali alias Rehan, arrested on the charge
of plotting to set ablaze the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
(ONGC) office in Mumbai, was extended to March 26. Prosecutor
S.K. More told journalists that apart from ONGC, Thakkar Mall
and Mangaldas market, there were "two to three more targets."
He also said that the investigation agency had "confirmed"
the possibility of attacks of the listed targets.
March 14: The
Maharashtra ATS arrested two militants for plotting to set
ablaze the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)
office in Mumbai, ATS chief K.P. Raghuvanshi said.
The duo, identified as Abdul Latif Shaikh (29)
of Bandra and Riyaz Ali (23) of Dahisar,
were arrested at 8.30 p.m (IST) on March 13
from Matunga area on information given by Central
agencies. Raghuvanshi said that the two were suspected
of working on plans to target Bhabha Atomic Research
Centre, offshore installations of the ONGC in Mumbai and Nhava Sheva,
fuel storage tankers of oil companies in Sewri, Thakkar Mall
in Borivili and Mangaldas cloth market,
adds Times of India. However, they were produced
in court on March 14 and remanded to Police custody till March
18. The ATS Chief said both were in touch with a person from Pakistan,
whom they referred to as "uncle." They had received
instructions from Pakistan to get their passports
readied. Raghuvanshi also said that the ATS was
probing their links with terror outfits in Pakistan.
27: The death toll in the February 13 German Bakery blast
in Pune rose to 17, with the death of one Aditi Jindal of Chandigarh (23).
February 25: In a raid on a house
at Shendrun village in the Shahapur taluk (revenue
unit) in Thane (Rural) District, the Police seized 150 kilograms
of ammonium nitrate, 450 electronic detonators and 500 gelatine
sticks, all together worth INR6750. The Police has arrested
house owner Bhimraj Rajulal Gurjar. Two other accused, Rajulal
Gopilal Gurjar and Khemraj Dherulal Gurjar, are absconding.
All the three hail from Rajasthan, the Police said. A case
under the Explosives Act has been registered.
24: The death toll in the February 13, 2010 bomb blast in
German Bakery in Pune (Maharashtra) has gone up to 16 as Anas
Al Fatih Suleiman (21), a Sudanese national, succumbing to
his wounds. He is the fourth foreign national and second Sudanese
to have died in the blast.
The National Defence Academy in
Khadagwasla (Maharashtra) and defence establishments in Pune
(Maharashtra) figure on LeT hit list, apart from civilian
targets such as Osho Ashram and Chabad House, FBI has told
the Government. According
to FBI chief Robert Mueller, who was in New Delhi on February
23 to discuss co-operation in terror matters, American terror
suspect David Coleman Headley had extensively surveyed and
video graphed Army sites in Pune’s cantonment area as well
as the Raksha
SIMI and the IM have claimed responsibility for the Pune bomb
blast, Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said. Singh told
media persons that he has received two letters to this effect,
purportedly from the two organisations but did not elaborate.
designated anti-terrorism court in Pune passed an order restraining
the electronic media from telecasting footage of the blast
Police prosecutor urged that the telecast of the site footage
was hampering investigations.
February 21: The death toll in the
German Bakery bomb blast in Pune rose to 15 as two more persons
succumbed to injuries sustained in the attack. They were identified
as Vikas Tulsyani (24)
and Rajiv Agarwala (23).
February 20: The death toll in Pune
bomb blast raises to 13 as one, Atul Anap (30), succumbed
to his injuries at the Inlak Budhrani Hospital in
February 19: The Kolhapur District
Police seized 70 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 6,525 gelatine sticks
and 10,225 electronic detonators, all together worth INR.97,
main factor is ammonium nitrate. We are trying to ascertain
if the material was meant for any subversive activity, and
to whom it was being sold to. Ammonium nitrate is used for
agriculture by mixing with fertilizers. However, it can be
mixed with petrol to set off a blast. We are not sure if the
ammonium nitrate was for legal purposes like mining, etc.
The quantity seized was unlicensed," District Superintendent
of Police Yashasvi Yadav toldThe Hindu. Yadav also
said that an official of the ATS would arrive from Mumbai
to interrogate the persons held. Fouer persons
identified as Badrilal Devaji Chowdhury,
Kishan Chowdhury,Mohanlal Vaishnav and Jamnalal Vaishnav were
arrested in this connection. A case under the Explosives Act,
Explosive Substances Act and the Indian Penal Code, pertaining
to licensing issues with regard to possession of explosives
and negligent conduct with respect to explosives, was registered
against the accused.
A Sudanese student, who was injured
in the February 13 Pune bomb blast has died, taking the toll
in the terror attack to 12. 26-year-old Sudanese student Amjad Elgazoli,
who was studying at WadiaCollege in
Pune, died in the night of February 19 in Inlak Budhrani hospital,
hospital sources said. He is the third foreigner to be killed
in the February 13 blast. Nadia Macerini, an Italian woman,
and Iranian national Sayyed Syed Khani were killed in the
February 17: The death toll in the
Pune bomb blast has raised to 11, as Aditya Mehta, of New
Delhi, who sustained injuries in the blast, died at the Jehangir Hospital.
Pune Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh
expressed suspicion that the bomb that went off at the German
Bakery might have been triggered by a remote control. A final
confirmation was still awaited. Meanwhile, it had been confirmed
that RDX, ammonium nitrate and petroleum hydrocarbon oil were
used in the bomb.
February 15: Pune Police Commissioner
Satyapal Singh at a press briefing informed that the toll
in the February 13 bomb blast has gone up to 10, after 24-year
old Abhishek Saxena from Lucknow in
Uttar Pradesh succumbed to his injuries. The report confirms
that altogether 10 persons, including two foreign nationals,
were killed and 60 others injured in the incident. Singh further
reaffirmed that RDX, ammonium nitrate and hydrocarbon oil
were used in the bomb blast. He, however, refused to confirm
if the bomb was remote-controlled, as being suspected.
In the first breakthrough in the
bomb blast probe, investigators detained two suspects from
Kudalwadi and Janwadi on the outskirts of Pune city. They
were picked up after sleuths probing the case identified conversations
between suspected terrorists. It is also believed that these
two men are the same who were spotted in a hotel’s CCTV footage,
located in front of the blast-hit German Bakery. The footage
showed the two men entering the bakery with a bag.
television report also claimed that two more persons were
also detained in Aurangabad District.
13: Nine persons including four foreigners, all women, were
killed and over 40 injured in a bomb blast in the famous German
Bakery on North Main Avenue in Koregaon Park near the Osho
Ashram in Pune around 7.30 p.m. (IST). Unofficial figures
put the number of injured at 50. Initially the Police said
it was a gas cylinder blast, but the explosion is now suspected
to be an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) using an ammonium
nitrate fuel oil mix, with RDX as a booster, Police sources
added. About 7 kilogrammes explosives may have been used.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said preliminary reports indicated
that it was a bomb blast. The bag containing the bomb was
said to be under a table, according to one eyewitness account,
and a waiter is said to have tried to open it. This caused
the explosion which devastated the bakery, located near the
Jewish Chabad House. The bakery is a popular spot with foreign
tourists. Six or eight of the injured are said to be foreign
Union Government said the scene of Pune’s bomb blast was very
close to Osho Ashram which had been surveyed by LeT operative
David Coleman Headley, which the Maharashtra Government had
been alerted about this in the month of October, 2009. Union
Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said it was worth noting that the
German Bakery, the site of the blast, was about 200 yards
away from the ashram, which was one of the sites surveyed
by Headley. The Lashkar operative visited Mumbai and other
parts of the country ahead of the November 26, 2008 terror
attack. Pillai said the Multi-Agency Centre (MAC) had alerted
the Maharashtra Police about the survey done by Headley.
week before a bomb went off in Pune’s German Bakery killing
eight, the Jama'at-ud-Da'awa (JuD), front organisation of
the LeT, in Pakistan had warned of the city being a potential
target. Addressing a rally in Islamabad on February 5, Abdur
Rehman Makki, ‘deputy’ to JuD leader Hafiz Saeed said that
at one time, jihadis were
interested only in the liberation of Kashmir but the water
issue had ensured that "Delhi, Pune and Kanpur" were all fair
11: Two unidentified assailants shot dead the defence lawyer
of the 26/11 accused Fahim Ansari at suburban Kurla in Mumbai.
The slain lawyer was identified as Shahid Azmi
A high-level committee appointed by the Maharashtra Government
to go into the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks has found serious
lapses on the part of the then Mumbai Police Commissioner
Hasan Gafoor in handling the "war-like" multi-pronged attack.
However, the two-member committee did not find any serious
lapses to act or react on the part of individual officers
and Police Men of the Mumbai Police. "
November 20: A mysterious
letter threatening to trigger multiple bomb blasts in different
places of the Mumbai city, including the Raj Bhavan and
the Chief Minister’s residence, prompted the Police to step
up security around vital installations.
September 16: LeT militant
Aslam Kashmiri (27) had undergone training in Pakistan much
before lone arrested terrorist Mohammad Ajmal alias Kasab
and his nine other cadres were trained to carry out the November
26, 2008 (also known as 26/11) Mumbai terrorist attacks, said
September 15: A suspected
LeT militant, Aslam Kashmiri, was produced before a MCOCA
court in Mumbai, which sent him to Police custody till September
29. Kashmiri is suspected to have sent at least four youths
to Pakistan for terrorist training, a senior Maharashtra Police
August 26: An investigation
into the geographical locations of Internet Protocol (IP)
addresses used for the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terrorist
attacks (also known as 26/11) led the Police to places in
Pakistan, Russia, Kuwait and the United States. Five of the
10 locations traced are in Pakistan, Crime Branch Cyber Cell
inspectorMukund Pawar said in his testimony before the special
sessions court in Mumbai. The US FBI gave the Indian Police
a list of 10 IP addresses. As per the charge sheet, it is
from these addresses that the email id firstname.lastname@example.org
was accessed to make payments to CallPhonex, a US-based Internet
communication service provider. Pawar said that he was tasked
with finding the actual locations from where the IPs were
accessed. Cyber Cell officials used the services of the website
www.all-nettools.com to trace the physical addresses. "I downloaded
the information available on the website in respect of the
10 addresses," he said. Five IPs - 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11,
18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124, and 126.96.36.199 - were
traced to Pakistan, Pawar added.
August 18: A US based Voice
over Internet Protocol (VoIP) dealer deposed via video-conference
in the terror trial in Mumbai to point to yet another Pakistani
link in the November 26, 2008 attack. The owner of Callphonex
said that a client, via e-mail, posing as an Indian wholesale
reseller of VoIP, took several accounts and paid for it from
Pakistan in October 2008 and once again just a day before
the strike on Mumbai. He informed how a person identified
as Kharak Singh, who became his client, paid him "$ 250 by
Moneygram from one Mohammad Ishfaq and later $ 229 by Western
Union Money Transfer from Pakistan" before the attack. The
owner of Callphonex said he had given the customer 15 PC-to-phone
accounts, 10 common-client accounts and five Direct Inward
Dialling Austrian phone numbers.
August 13: A US representative
of the Yamaha motor company deposing live from the FBI office
in Los Angeles via a video-conference link set up in the trial
court next to the Arthur Road Jail, said the outboard motor
recovered by Mumbai Police from the 10 Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT)
terrorists was among the ones sent by the company in Japan
to Pakistan. This was for the second day running US witnesses
pointed out the Pakistan connection in the November 26, 2008
terrorist attack in Mumbai. This was also the first technologically
aided long-distance testimony in the trial. The American who
was identified by an FBI agent in the US, who in turn was
identified on video by an FBI agent present in the Mumbai
courtroom was examined by special public prosecutor Ujjwal
Nikam to prove that a Yamaha engine recovered from the inflatable
dinghy used by the terrorists to make their way into the Mumbai
shores was from Pakistan. The witness, whose identity special
judge M. L. Tahaliyani has barred from being revealed, said,
''Vehicle model Yamaha angular 40 was dispatched to Business
and Engineering Trends in Pakistan on January 20, 2008. It
was sent from Japan to Karachi seaport.''
August 12: Reinforcing the
Pakistan link to the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks,
the FBI told the special court in Mumbai that its probe had
established that the terrorists came from Karachi in Pakistan.
In a testimony at the trial of the lone surviving LeT militant
Mohammed Ajmal Amir alias Kasab, an FBI forensic expert, giving
evidence for the first time in India in a terrorism-related
case, said the terrorists had used Global Positioning System
(GPS), a satellite navigation system, to locate targets. Deposing
before Special Judge M.L. Tahaliyani, the FBI official said
the GPS devices recovered by the Mumbai Police from the slain
terrorists indicated plans for a return journey from Mumbai
to Karachi and Rawalpindi. He added, "Way Point" data retrieved
from the GPS devices pointed to the route from Karachi to
Mumbai and also positions between these two cities. He also
said that he had examined five GPS devices and a satellite
August 6: A special POTA court
in Mumbai sentenced to death all the three persons convicted
in the bomb blasts case of August 25, 2003 which claimed 54
lives and injured 244 persons. The case comprises blasts at
the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar on August 25, 2003
and also the blast aboard a bus at Ghatkopar on July 28, 2003
and the planting of a bomb in a bus in the Santa Cruz Electronics
Export Processing Zone on December 2, 2002, which, however,
did not explode. Judge M.R. Puranik, after pronouncing the
sentence against Haneef Sayyed, his wife Fahmeeda and Ashrat
Ansari, said they "shall be hanged by the neck till they are
dead." They were sentenced under three Sections: 120B of the
Indian Penal code (IPC) for hatching a criminal conspiracy
to cause bomb blasts, 120B read with Section 302 (punishment
for murder) of the IPC, and 120B read with 3 (2) (a) of the
POTA, stipulating the punishment for a terrorist act. They
were given life term under Section 120B read with 307 (attempt
to murder) of the IPC. Life term was awarded for offences
under POTA's Sections 3 (3) for attempting to commit a terrorist
act and 4 (b) for unauthorised possession of arms. They were
also given life term under Section 3 of the Explosive Substances
Act, 1908 (punishment for causing explosion likely to endanger
life or property).
July 31: The MCOCA court revoked
the application of MCOCA in the Malegaon blast case of September
29, 2008. However, the investigating agency of the case, the
Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS), has obtained a stay
on the order. The ATS chief K.P.S. Raghuvanshi said,
"We have obtained a stay of four weeks. We are going to challenge
the order in the High Court." The operative part of the order
states that the case will be transferred to the sessions court
(in Nashik), Raghuvanshi added.
The Additional Sessions Judge
of Akola District granted bail to the five alleged Students
Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) cadres. The judge directed
the accused be released on a personal bond of INR 7500 and
surety of the like amount. The five accused SIMI cadres who
were in jail under magisterial custody till August 7 were
identified as Mohammed Rafiq Abdul Rahman, Abdul Ahmad A.
Samad, Mohammed Harun Gyasuddin, Mohammed Siddiq Abdul Wahab,
Shaikh Mahmood alias Munnabhai S.K. Lal of Pusad.
July 23: Special judge M.
L. Tahaliyani ruled that the confessional statement given
by Pakistani national and the lone arrested LeT militant Ajmal
Kasab would stay on the records though the trial against him
would continue. Tahaliyani, while passing the order, observed
that Kasab had given a ''voluntary confession'' and his statement
could not be removed from the records. ''The trial will proceed.
The confession will stay though I will not make any comment
on its evidence value at this stage,'' the Judge added.
July 21: Two militants of
the proscribed SIMI, identified as Mohammed Rafiq Abdul Rehman
and Abdul Ahad, were arrested from the Vidarbha region in
Maharashtra, Police said. While Abdul Rehman was arrested
from Mana village in Akola District on July 19, Abdul Ahad
(68) was arrested in Amaravati District in the night of July
20. Earlier, the Police had arrested three more SIMI cadres
when they were on their way after attending a meeting at Mana
village in Mutizapur administrative division. "During the
interrogation of the arrested accused, it was revealed that
they wanted to come together on one platform. That's the reason
why they held a meeting in Mana village," District Superintendent
of Police, Pravin Padwal said.
July 20: The Maharashtra Police
arrested four SIMI militants from Mana village in the Akola
District. The cadres were arrested while trying to flee in
an Indica car, before they were intercepted. After receiving
an initial tip off from intelligence inputs, the Police neutralized
a secret SIMI meeting, which was taking place with 35 cadres
present at the meeting. However, the Police managed to arrest
only four of them while the others managed to escape.
July 15: The MCOCA Judge Y.D.
Shinde was given additional security after he received a threat
to his life late. Shinde, who is handling high profile cases
like the July 2006 Mumbai train bomb blast case, Malegaon
bomb blast case and the case against the Indian Mujahideen
(IM) outfit, reportedly got a threat call from a PCO demanding
that the men who are under arrest since 2006 should be released.
July 14: The Intelligence
Bureau, in an alert, warned that at least seven places in
Maharashtra - including a reputed bank in Mumbai and an important
railway junction in Navi Mumbai - could be attacked. The alert,
dated July 8, also contains photographs of the seven targets.
June 23: The Special Sessions
Court trying the Mumbai terror attacks case issued a non-bailable
warrant (NBW) against 22 of the 35 wanted accused, including
the Jama’at-ud-Da’awa (JuD, the Lashkar-e-Toiba [LeT] front)
chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, who was released in Pakistan recently.
Judge M. L. Tahaliyani granted the prosecution plea on the
ground that most of the accused found mention in the confessional
statement of lone captured LeT terrorist Mohammad Ajmal Amir
alias Kasab. Other pieces of evidence include phone records
of CallPhonex. Besides, the accused were charged with conspiring
to wage a war against the Government of India.
May 28: The Mumbai Police
recovered 917 live cartridges and arrested one person in this
connection. The Joint Commissioner of Police, Rakesh Maria,
said that Mumbai-based Mansood Khan was arrested along with
500 live cartridges and another 417 were found atop a public
toilet. All the live rounds were reportedly of firearms .30,
.32, 9 mm and .375 and 12 bore. They are good quality foreign-made
cartridges, Maria added.
May 14: The Mumbai Crime Branch
extradited an aide of underworld gangster Chhota Shakeel,
identified as Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, from Bangkok. The Deputy
Commissioner of Police, Nisar Tamboli, said that Bhullar was
involved in a murder case and there was a red corner notice
April 22: Two persons suspected
to be accomplices of the gangster Chhota Shakeel’s gang were
arrested along with two firearms and six live cartridges recently
near the J.J. Hospital in south Mumbai, ATS officials. The
duo was identified as Manoj Dubey and Sunil Navner. "We received
a tip off that the duo would arrive near the junction with
firearms. Accordingly, we laid a trap and caught the accused,"
the officials said.
April 17: A Mumbai-based private
news channel received an email threat warning of at least
five bomb blasts across the country during the parliamentary
elections. The email was sent from email@example.com
and has been traced to Lahore in Pakistan, Police said. "The
email has been traced to the same person who had earlier threatened
to blow up Taj hotel in south Mumbai and one of its properties
in Chennai,'' said an investigator.
April 10: The Pune Police
arrested a gangster, identified as Asif Dadhi alias
Asif Mohammed Iqbal Shaikh, from the Laltopi Nagar area in
Pune. Asif was suspected to have links with radical Islamic
groups, including the banned SIMI, and the underworld. The
Police have recovered a pistol, two live cartridges and a
mobile phone, all worth INR 54000, from his possession.
January 5: An Indian Mujahideen
(IM) cadre, identified as Anwar Ali Bagwaan, was arrested
for allegedly obtaining two apartments for the outfit in Pune.
Bagwaan also reportedly trained the IM militants on administering
sedatives on persons they were planning to kidnap. The rent
and cash deposit for the apartments were provided by the IM
founder Riyaz Bhatkal and his brother, both of whom are still
absconding. Bagwaan was produced before a special Maharashtra
Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court which remanded
him to Police custody till January 16.
December 3: Eight kilograms
of RDX, fitted with a timer, was recovered by the bomb squad
near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) in Mumbai. Joint
Commissioner of Police (Crime), Rakesh Maria, said the explosives
were in two sets -one of four kilogram each.
November 29: Forensic experts
have determined that an e-mail claim of responsibility for
the November 26 Mumbai terrorist attacks issued by the unknown
group Deccan Mujahideen was first generated on a computer
located in Pakistan. Based on studies of the internet protocol
addresses used to send the mail, computer specialists at India's
external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing,
found that the Russia-based e-mail address account was opened
by a computer user based in Pakistan.
November 28: The only militant
arrested during the multiple terrorist attacks in Mumbai,
identified as Mohammad Ajmal Amir, revealed during interrogation
that boats in which they came from Karachi in Pakistan were
arranged by an unidentified front man of mafia don Dawood
Ibrahim, who runs several custom clearing houses in Mumbai.
Dawood's gang arranged boats and transferred arms, ammunition
and plastic explosives to it, which took the LeT
militants for carrying out attacks in Mumbai.
November 27: Mumbai Police
sources said that they have preliminary evidence that operatives
of the Pakistan-based LeT carried out the Fidayeen
(suicide squad) attacks in Mumbai. The sole arrested militant,
identified as Mohammad Ajmal Amir, is suspected to be a LeT
cadre and a resident of Faridkot in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
November 26: At least 166
civilians, including at least 22 foreigners, 20 security force
(SF) personnel and nine terrorists were killed and more than
300 persons sustained injuries in the multiple terrorist attacks
in Mumbai. Among those killed were chief of the ATS, Hemant
Karkare, Additional Commissioner of Police (east Mumbai),
Ashok Kamte, and Inspector of the Anti Extortion Cell in Mumbai
Police, Vijay Salaskar. The terrorists, who apparently came
in by boats, struck at 10 places in south Mumbai including
five-star hotels, hospitals and train stations. Among the
locations attacked were: Oberoi-Trident Hotel, Taj Hotel,
Nariman House, Wadi Bunder, Cama hospital, GT hospital, VT
station, Leopold Cafe, Girgaum and Metro cinema. There were
also reports of a low intensity blast in Ville Parle and grenade
attack in Santa Cruz. An unknown outfit, Deccan Mujahideen,
sent an email to news organizations claiming that it carried
out the attacks.
November 21: The Maharashtra
ATS invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act
(MCOCA) against one more Malegaon
bomb blast suspect, identified as Sudhakar Chaturvedi, besides
10 other suspects.
November 20: The ATS decided
to invoke the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crimes Act
(MCOCA) against all 10 suspects arrested in the Malegaon blast
case. At a press conference in Mumbai, ATS chief Hemant Karkare
said, "There was no need for each of the accused to have more
than one charge sheet as prescribed under the Act. There were
other provisions which could be used to apply the MCOCA".
The case will now shift to the special MCOCA court in Mumbai
from Nashik and the investigation would be completed within
90 days, he added.
The ATS is going to take custody
of the Abhinav Bharat leader Sudhakar Chaturvedi from the
Matunga police. Sudhakar Chaturvedi, national coordinator
of the Abhinav Bharat, was allegedly involved in planning
the Malegaon blast along with Lt-Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit.
Chaturvedi was arrested by Matunga police on November 4 on
charges of carrying a revolver without licence and possessing
a fake ID of Deolali military cantonment.
November 19: The Malegaon
bomb blast suspect Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit
was remanded to two-day police custody till November 21 by
a Pune court in a case of forgery.
November 17: A Nashik court
extended the judicial custody for eight Malegaon blast suspects,
identified as Pragya Singh Thakur, Shiv Narayan Kalsanghra,
Shyam Bhawarlal Sahu, Ajay Rahirkar, Jagdish Mhatre, Rakesh
Dhawde, Sameer Kulkarni and Ramesh Upadhyay, till November
A special POTA court in Mumbai
acquitted two accused of the 2003 Mumbai twin blasts case,
identified as Rizwan Ladduwala and Mohammed Hassan Batterywala.
This followed an order passed by the Supreme Court on October
21 upholding the Central POTA review committee’s order discharging
them from the provisions of the Act.
November 16: An arrested Indian
Mujahideen (IM) cadre from Mumbai confessed to the Ahmedabad
police during interrogation that terrorist attacks in Indian
cities are being financed though hawala (informal money
transfer system) transfer from abroad. Amir Raza Khan, brother
of Asif Raza Khan, played a key role in the hawala
racket that secured funding from individuals and institutions
for jihadi activities in India.
November 14: A Nashik court
remanded Malegaon blast accused Dayanand Pandey to police
custody till November 26 and permitted police to conduct polygraph,
narco-analysis and brain mapping tests on him.
November 13: The Mumbai ATS
recovered the laptop of Malegaon blast accused Lt-Colonel
Shrikant Prasad Purohit. Most of the contents in the
laptop are reportedly about Abhinav Bharat, an organisation
of Hindu hardliners who actively participated in this blast.
"Purohit is also a co-founder of Abhinav Bharat.'' said an
November 12: The Mumbai ATS
with the help of Uttar Pradesh ATS has arrested one more September
2008 Malegaon blast accused, identified as Dayanand Pandey
alias Mahant Amritanand, the Peethadheeshwar (chief)
of Sharda Sarvagya Peeth (monastery) in Jammu, from
Rawatpur village under Kalyanpur police station in Kanpur
in Uttar Pradesh. He reportedly belongs to Varanasi
and is currently residing in Trikutanagar locality of Jammu
Tawi in Jammu and Kashmir. He had left for Jammu in 2003 and
returned to Kanpur a couple of days back. He has been charged
under the specific sections of the Explosives Act and the
Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
November 10: A Nashik court
remanded five Malegaon blast suspects, identified as Ajay
Eknath Rahirkar, Jagdish Chintaman Mhatre, Rakesh Dattaram
Dhawde, Sameer Kulkarni and Ramesh Upadhyay, to judicial custody
till November 17. Rahirkar had reportedly given INR 1.95 lakh
to Kulkarni, INR 85,000 to Upadhyay, and INR five lakh to
various persons at the behest of Lt. Col. Prasad Shrikant
Purohit. Rahirkar also transferred INR 10, 73,200 through
hawala (informal money transfer system) channels, said
Public prosecutor Ajay Misar.
November 9: The Maharashtra
Police defused seven crude bombs in a grass heap at Majargaon
village in Jalna district. The intensity of the bombs might
have damaged a 100-feet area and no arrest had been made so
far, said Superintendent of Police Sandeep Karnik.
The Maharashtra ATS has arrested
one more Malegaon blast accused, identified as Ramji, from
the tribal-dominated Dangs district in south Gujarat.
Ramji was employed as a "sevak"
in Shabri temple and was alleged to have used Sadhvi Pragnya’s
motorbike in Malegaon. He is reportedly linked to the Hindu
Jagran Manch activist Swami Ashimananda.
November 6: The Maharashtra
ATS said that Lieutenant-Colonel Shrikant Purohit had confessed
to being the mastermind of September 29 Malegaon blast. He
also admitted to supplying the RDX and weapons to members
of the Abhinav Bharat, a radical Hindu outfit. "I am the mastermind
of the blast. I arranged for the RDX and weapons but I can't
understand how the weapons reached Abhinav Bharat members,"
Purohit reportedly said in his confession.
November 5: The Maharashtra
ATS arrested another Malegaon blast suspect, identified as
Lt Col Srikanth Purohit from Mumbai. Purohit was produced
before a Nashik court, where he was remanded to 10 days of
police custody and also allowed for narco-analysis tests.
This is the first instance of an army officer being arrested
in connection with a terrorist attack.
Mumbai Police has identified
two non-resident Indians (NRIs) as having provided part of
the funds that sustained the operations of the Indian Mujahideen
(IM). Both NRIs had bank accounts in the Gulf and these were
being used to channel funds to IM members in Mumbai, the police
said. The police have frozen both accounts and issued lookout
notices against the two NRIs.
November 2: The Maharashtra
ATS arrested three Malegaon blasts accused, Ajay Eknath Rahirkar,
Jagdish Chintamani Mhatre and Rakesh Dattaram Dhawade.
Ajay Eknath reportedly handled the finances of the group
behind the September 29 blasts.
October 29: Two Malegaon blast
suspects, Sameer Kulkarni and Ramesh Upadhyay, arrested by
the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad were produced in a Nashik
court and remanded to Police custody till November 10.
October 26: The ATS of the
Maharashtra Police arrested one more suspect, identified as
Major Prabhakar Kulkarni (retired), from Pune for links to
the September 29 Malegaon and Modasa blasts. Kulkarni was
commandant of the Bhosala Military School and two other alleged
former servicemen, Major Y.D. Sahasrabuddhe and Major Ramesh
Upadhyay, assisted him in providing training in making and
exploding bombs using RDX, the ATS officials said. The prime
suspect, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, along with her two accomplices,
Shivnarayan Singh and Shyam Bhavarlal Sahu, was said to have
been in constant touch with Major Kulkarni. Kulkarni reportedly
worked as the secretary of the Hindu Sainiki Sanstha.
The arrested IM cadre, Mansoor
Peerbhoy, a software engineer, who allegedly wrote the e-mails
ahead of serial blasts in various parts of the country, has
expressed his willingness to become an approver and help the
investigating agencies. The Joint Commissioner of Mumbai Police
(Crime) Rakesh Maria said, "The application has been filed
before the MCOCA court by his lawyer and we have been asked
to file our say by November 4".
The ATS of the Maharashtra
Police arrested one suspect from Bhopal for his involvement
in the September 29 blast in Malegaon and took him to Mumbai.
October 23: The Anti-Terrorism
Squad (ATS) arrested three persons on charges of being involved
in the September 29 blast in Malegaon of Maharashtra. They
were identified as a sadhvi (female saint) Pragnya
Singh Chandrapal Singh, Shiv Narayan Gopal Singh Kalsanghra,
and Shyam Bhawarlal Sahu. While Pragnya Singh was arrested
from Surat in Gujarat, the other two persons were arrested
from unspecified places in Madhya Pradesh. Subsequently, the
Nashik Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court remanded the arrested
to police custody till November 3. They have been booked under
various sections of the Indian Explosives Act and the Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act. The ATS chief Hemant Karkare
said that the Forensic Sciences Laboratory report had revealed
"traces of RDX" in the September 29 blast in Malegaon.
October 14: Mumbai Police
claimed that three recently arrested terrorists belonging
to the IM have confessed that they were part of the team that
executed the blasts targeting the railway networks in Mumbai
on July 11, 2006. Sadiq Shaikh, co-founder of the IM, who
was arrested on September 24 in Mumbai; Arif Shaikh, who was
held along with Sadiq; and Saif, who was held following the
Jamia Nagar shootout in New Delhi on September 19 have claimed
that they were the ones who caused the blasts in Mumbai's
local trains on the orders of Riyaz Bhatkal of Karnataka.
Five other men belonging to this module, as per their confession,
are Mohammad Atif Amin and Mohammed Sajid, who were killed
in the New Delhi shootout; Zeeshan, who was arrested after
the shootout; and Saif's brother Dr Shahnawaz Khan and Abu
Rashid, both of whom are absconding.
September 23: The Mumbai police
arrested five suspected members of the IM. While Afzal Mutalib
Usmani (32) was arrested from Uttar Pradesh, Mohammed Saddik
Shaikh (31), Mohammed Arif Shaikh (38), Mohammed Zakir Shaikh
(28) and Mohammed Ansar Shaikh were arrested from their Mumbai
residences. All the accused, originally from Azamgarh district
in Uttar Pradesh, have worked with the banned SIMI, Joint
Commissioner (Crime), Rakesh Maria told journalists. "They
broke away from SIMI to form the radical group of IM. Saddik,
was one of the co-founders of the outfit along with Atiq,
killed in the Delhi encounter, and Roshan Khan, who is yet
to be traced. The police are on the lookout for Khan", Maria
added. The police have booked the arrested terrorists under
the Explosives Act, Arms Act, various sections of the Indian
Penal Code and for criminal conspiracy. The recovered items
from the arrested terrorists include 10 kilograms of gelatin
or ammonium nitrate, 15 detonators, eight kilograms of ball
bearings, four fully active electronic circuits, one sub-machine
carbine, two .38 revolvers and 30 cartridges of 9 mm carbine
and eight cartridges of .38 revolver.
September 11: The ATS in Mumbai
charge sheeted six members of the Sanatan Sanstha, an organisation
involved in the blast at a cinema hall in Panvel screening
the movie ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ and for planting bombs in Thane and
Navi Mumbai auditoriums, staging the Marathi play ‘Aamhi Panchpute.’
The organisation had claimed that the movie and the play showed
Hindu goddesses in a bad light. The six persons, Ramesh Hanumant
Gadkari, Vikram Vinay Bhave, Mangesh Dinkar Nikam, Santosh
Sitaram Angre, Hemant Tukaram Chalke and Haribhau Krishna
Divekar are in police custody.
August 26: Gujarat Police
arrested Tanveer Pathan alias Sameer, a suspected SIMI member,
from the Mira road area in Mumbai for his alleged involvement
in the planting of bombs in Surat. Police sources said Pathan's
name was revealed during the interrogation of Sajid Mansuri,
an accused arrested in connection with the Ahmedabad serial
August 22: Mumbai Police sources
quoting information provided by Karimulla Khan Osan Khan,
a key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, said
that fugitive underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim, his relatives
and other associates are living in Pakistan. Additional Commissioner
of Police (Crime) Deven Bharti said "According to Khan, many
of the absconding accused in the blasts case are living in
Pakistan where they have been given various jobs." Dawood,
who has stakes in many businesses in Karachi and lives in
the city, is allegedly involved in construction projects across
Pakistan, Bharti said. Dawood is allegedly protected at his
Karachi residence by former Pakistani armed forces personnel
and Khan has claimed that he had seen the gangster meet with
ISI officials at his Karachi
August 21: The ATS of the
Mumbai Police arrested Feroz Mehboob Pathan (32), a suspected
to SIMI member and part of the recently neutralised sleeper
module of the outfit, from the Ghorpade Peth area of Pune
in connection with the July 26 Ahmedabad serial blasts.
Maharashtra Police have arrested
a key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, Karimullah
Khan Osan Khan, at Nallasopara, a Mumbai suburb. Joint Commissioner
(Crime), Rakesh Maria, told journalists that Khan (46) was
a declared absconder and a red corner notice was issued against
him in 1995. The Central Bureau of Investigation had announced
a reward of INR 500000 for information on him. Maria said
Khan was a close confidant of a blast convict, the late Ejaz
Pathan, and was instrumental in overseeing the landing of
RDX and other ammunition on the Shekhadi coast in Maharashtra’s
August 2: Immigration officials
at the Mumbai International Airport detained a passenger in
connection with a blast in the Judicial Magistrate First Class
court in Hubli in Karnataka in May 2008. The passenger Iqbal
Shaukat Ali is alleged to be a SIMI activist. A resident of
Belgaum in Karnataka, Ali had fled to Sharjah soon after his
name emerged as one of the major suspects in the blast. Subsequently,
he was remanded to four days of police custody.
June 4: An explosion in the
parking lot of a drama theatre in Thane injured seven persons.
The explosive was wrapped in a plastic bag and was placed
on a cycle. It exploded when staff of the theatre tried to
April 10: Mumbai Police arrested
two SIMI cadres from the Thane district. The duo, identified
as Irshad Salim Khan and Israr Ahmed Abdul Hamid Tailor, are
believed to be close to the arrested SIMI secretary-general,
Safdar Nagori. Khan is a civil engineer by profession and
was the former president of the outfit while Israr Ahmed is
a computer professional.
March 11: A senior cadre of
the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI),
Dr Arif Abrar, who had surrendered before a lower court in
Nagpur in January 2008, was granted bail by the 10th
Ad hoc Sessions Judge. Abrar who was lodged in the Nagpur
central jail after police interrogation is expected to be
released shortly. Defence lawyer A.M. Rizway stated that court
found no incriminating evidence against him.
February 16: An ex-Serviceman,
Shailesh Jadhav, was arrested, from the Pune railway station
when he was about to board a train for Jodhpur, for having
alleged links with Pakistan’s external Intelligence agency,
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Some classified documents
pertaining to the Army were seized from his possession.
October 15: The
Mumbai Police claimed to have arrested an ISI agent recently.
Police sources said that the agent, identified as Mohammed
Qamar Shafi Afghani, was passing vital information to Pakistan.
Afghani lived in the Govandi slums from where the Police had
earlier arrested Mohammed Ali, another person accused in the
July 11, 2006 Mumbai explosions case. Police seized Afghani’s
passport, a CD, ration card and five credit cards, which were
reportedly gifted by an ISI agent called Tayyeb. Afghani had
visited Pakistan twice - in 2006 and 2007. Joint Commissioner
of Police, K. P. Raghuvanshi, said, "We had information that
Afghani had been clicking photographs and passing information
on some vital institutions in Mumbai. We have got his remand
till October 26.’’
e-mail threatening to blow up the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)
and the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was received in Mumbai.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), K.L. Prasad,
said, "An NSE official has received the e-mail and I asked
for security to be beefed up at the buildings immediately
after being told about it."
Mumbai Police found six low-intensity crude bombs near the
Andheri railway station and arrested two persons in connection
with the recovery. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Rakesh
Maria, said the bombs were made of low-intensity explosives
such as gunpowder in which nails, ball bearings and nut-bolts
were used as shrapnel. Those arrested were identified as Rajeev
Jaigovind Singh and Soumitra Badal Roy. Singh was carrying
the bombs in a backpack while Roy was arrested following Singh’s
August 12: The
Aurangabad city Police seized 29 kilograms of ammonium nitrate
explosive abandoned by a man in an auto rickshaw near the
Aurangabad railway station. Police said that the man, aged
around 30, had earlier alighted from the Devagiri Express,
running between Secunderabad and Mumbai Central, at around
2330 hours and boarded an auto rickshaw to reach the central
July 15: The
Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Mumbai Police in collaboration
with the Kutch Police in Gujarat claimed to have neutralized
a sleeper cell of Pakistan-based militant outfit Al Badr that
was operating from the Bhendi Bazaar area of Mumbai since
2006. Pakistani national Mohammed Salim Memon alias
Salim Malai and two other local operatives - Sultan Ansari
of Nagpada and Irfan Lakhani of Mumbra - were arrested from
different parts of Mumbai. Preliminary investigations revealed
that Memon had been staying illegally in the Bhendi Bazaar
area for more than 30 years. Memon was first arrested on May
8 by the ATS from Nagpada area while in possession of 30 fake
credit cards which he was attempting to sell to unsuspecting
people and had been released on bail later.
July 12: Police
in Pune arrested a person hailing from Jammu and Kashmir,
who was working as a watchman, for suspected links with a
terrorist outfit in his home State. "The person is in our
custody since last evening and we are probing his alleged
links with a terrorist organisation operating in Jammu and
Kashmir," an unnamed Police officer said.
May 25: A team
of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh Police arrested a meat shop
owner from Jalna in central Maharashtra on suspicion that
he had carried the RDX packed in containers that were blown
up in the May 18 bomb blast in Hyderabad, capital of Andhra
Pradesh. The arrested person, Shoaib Faqruddin Jagirdar, is
also a muttawali (custodian) of a local dargah (shrine),
is suspected to have played a key role in sending four youth
along with RDX from Jalna to Hyderabad.
May 20: The Nagpur
Police seized 6.9 tonnes of the ammonium nitrate-based explosive
ANFO (Ammonium nitrate-fuel oil), the same type of explosive
used in the Mumbai train blasts on July 11, 2006, from a quarry
near Kuhi, about 45 kilometres from Nagpur. Five persons,
including the quarry owner, were arrested.
Abdul Qayyum Shaikh, an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial
blasts case and a key member of the fugitive underworld Dawood
Ibrahim gang, was arrested at Panjrapole junction in Mumbai
by the city Police.
January 20: Four
persons were arrested and 6.5 kilograms of TNT explosives
were recovered from them in suburban Andheri of North-West
Mumbai. Two of the arrested persons were identified as Sakhu
Gaikwad and Gautam Telore from Igatapuri in the Nasik District.
January 8: An
alleged aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim was
arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police in Mumbai.
The accused, identified as Ateek Ahmed, is a proclaimed offender
wanted in several cases of murder, attempt to murder, riots,
Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act registered in Uttar
Pradesh and Delhi.
December 16: The Anti-Terrorist
Squad of the Mumbai Police arrested Abrar Ahmed, suspected
of planting bombs in the textile town of Malegaon on September
8. He is ninth person to be arrested in the case.
November 21: The Maharashtra
Police arrested one more person, identified as Hamid, for
his alleged role in the Malegaon serial bomb blasts, from
an unidentified location in the Yavatmal District.
Ten members of the Pakistan-based
gangster Dawood Ibrahim's gang were arrested by the Mumbai
Police after having been deported from the United Arab Emirates.
They were identified as Anjum Phajlani, Jameel, Sabir Shaikh,
Salim Fruit, Sayyed Mehandi, Mustafa Ghulam, Khota Shakeel,
Aziz Chaipani, Arif Bhaijaan and Shahid Qureshi.
November 8: A cadre of the
Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Imran Ansari, having
alleged links with the July 11 Mumbai serial train blasts
case accused Rahil Sheikh, was arrested under the Unlawful
Activities Prevention Act.
November 7: Two Unani (traditional
oriental medicine) doctors, Salman Farsi Aaimi and Farogh
Iqbal Makhdomi, were arrested in overnight raids at Malegaon
and Govandi in the Nasik District in connection with the Malegaon
November 2: The Maharashtra
Police arrested Shabbir Ahmed Masiullah Ansari alias Batterywallah
for his alleged involvement in the Malegaon bomb blasts. Ansari
was already in the custody of Mumbai Police since August 2
for his alleged complicity in the Malegaon blasts.
October 30: Maharashtra Police
arrests Noorul Hooda Shamshul Hooda, a SIMI activist, in connection
with the Malegaon serial bomb blasts of September 8, 2006.
October 8: A suspected SIMI
cadre, Nurullah Samsudoha, is arrested from the Jaffar Nagar
area of Malegaon town.
October 3: Maharashtra Police
arrests Asif Khan Bashir Khan alias Junaid alias
Abdullah from Belgaum in the Karnataka State in connection
with the July 11, 2006, Mumbai serial blasts.
September 28: Maharashtra
Police arrest three persons, identified as Mohammed Ali of
Govandi, Sajid Ansari of Mira Road and Abdul Wahid of Mumbra,
for their alleged involvement in the 7/11 Mumbai blasts conspiracy.
September 11: A bomb connected
to a remote control device was found and subsequently defused
outside the Lifeline Hospital at Nashik.
September 10: Police seizes
29 boxes of detonators each containing 50 pieces, 11 boxes
of gelatine, each containing 25 kilograms, 75 pieces of wire
and five bags of ammonium nitrate, each containing 50 kilograms
in Tembha village off the Mumbai-Nashik highway in the Thane
September 8: Forty people
were killed and 65 others sustained injuries in three bomb
blasts at Malegaon town in the Nashik District.
August 23: Two suspects in
the October 2005 Delhi serial bomb blasts are remanded to
custody of the Mumbai Police till August 28 by a local court
in Mumbai. Firoz Abdul Latif Ghaswala and Mohammed Ali Chippa,
who were lodged in a jail in Delhi, are brought to Mumbai
and produced before a local court.
August 22: Mumbai Police shot
dead a suspected Pakistani terrorist and arrested another
in an encounter at Antop Hill in Mumbai. Police also recovered
one AK 47, some cartridges and a white powdery substance from
the encounter site.
August 18: Two SIMI cadres
are arrested from the Wardha District on suspicion of their
alleged involvement in terrorist activities. Police sources
said that while Waqar Baig Yusuf Baig was arrested from Mahadeopura
in Wardha city, Jitaullah Rehman Mehmood Khan was detained
at Kazipur in the textile township of Hinganghat.
August 13: Mumbai Police claim
to have neutralized a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) module in the
capital by arresting two suspected militants, identified as
Shabbir Ahmed Mushiullah, a resident of Malegaon in Nasik,
and Nafiz Ahmed Jamir Ahmed Ansari, a resident of Govandi
in north-east Mumbai.
August 12: The Anti-Terrorist
Squad of Maharashtra Police arrests Ehtesham Siddiqui, an
activist of the outlawed SIMI, in connection with the July
11 serial blasts in Mumbai.
August 8: Three SIMI cadres
were arrested in connection with the July 11 Mumbai serial
blasts from Nagpur. They were identified as Shakil Warsi,
Shakir Ahmed Nasi and Mohammad Rehan Khan.
August 1: Police arrested
a suspected agent of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI),
Pakistan's external intelligence agency, identified as Arif
Lakhani, from Manmad in the Nashik District. Lakhani was allegedly
sending military information to a Pakistani handler operating
from New Delhi.
July 23: Tanvir Ansari, a
doctor, practising Unani medicine in central Mumbai, who Police
said is an operative of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, was arrested
in connection with the 7/11 explosions in Mumbai.
July 20: Mumbai Police's Anti-Terrorist
Squad arrests two persons in Bihar and one in Navi Mumbai
in Maharashtra in connection with the July 11 serial blasts
in Mumbai. Khalid Aziz Raunak Aziz Sheikh and Kamal Ahmed
Mohammad Vakil Ansari, belonging to Basupatigaon in the Madhubani
District, near the India-Nepal border are arrested from Patna
in Bihar. Mobile phones and half kg of black powder are recovered
from them. Police said the arrested have links in Nepal and
Bangladesh and are part of a larger terrorist network.
July 12: At least 350 persons
are detained for interrogation in connection with the 7/11
serial bomb blasts in Mumbai. Most of the detentions are made
in Malwani, a north-eastern suburb of the metropolis.
July 11: At least 200 persons
are killed and 700 others are injured in seven bomb blasts
targeting the railway networks in Mumbai. First class compartments
of trains at Mira-Bayandhar, Jogeshwari, Mahim, Santacruz,
Khar, Matunga and Borivli stations on the Western Railway
are targeted in the serial explosions.
June 20: The Mumbai Police,
during raids at various places in south Mumbai and Andheri,
arrested at least 13 unidentified persons who are involved
in the circulation of counterfeit Indian currencies. The arrested
are linked to the ISI in its plan to subvert the Indian economy.
Reports added that most of the fake currencies are made in
Bangladesh or Pakistan.
June 1: Three suspected LeT
terrorists are shot dead during an abortive attempt to storm
the headquarters of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS),
a right-wing Hindu organization, at Nagpur.
January 6: The Mumbai Police
arrests three suspected LeT terrorists from Nagpada in south
Mumbai and seized some arms and material used for manufacturing
explosives from their possession.
January 4: The Central Bureau
of Investigation (CBI) arrests Riyaz Siddiqui, an aide of
extradited gangster Abu Salem, for allegedly supplying arms
and ammunition to those who carried out the 1993 serial bomb
blasts in Mumbai.
Source: Compiled from English
language media sources.