Terrorism-related Incidents in Maharashtra
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 required.
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.
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) terror attacks.
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, 2007.
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 threat.
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 26/11 massacre.
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
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
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
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 (Maharashtra).
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 to India.
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
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) blasts.
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 five.
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 course.
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, 2006.
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 Indian cities.
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
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
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
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
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
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 name.
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 13.
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 season.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 58.
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
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
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
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
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 in 2010.
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 in Mumbai.
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 of several.
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
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 befriend
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
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
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 in Pune.
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 Yerawada jail.
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 non-functional.
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
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 of Maharastra.
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
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
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
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 Hussain Rana.
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 bombers stayed.
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
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
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 economy".
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 in Mumbai.
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
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 non-actionable.
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
UMHA has asked the Maharashtra Police
to hold joint training sessions for personnel on how to investigate
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 Police.
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)
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 Pune.
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
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 hideout.
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 the officer.
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,
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
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 of March.
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 Kasab.
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
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
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
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 in Delhi.
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
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
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
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
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
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 year 2011.
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
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 sovereignty.
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 in 2008.
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 them.
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.
March 21: The
Centre warned Maharashtra Police about a possible terror plot to
target the cricket World Cup final in Mumbai on April 2.
March 15: A special
MCOCA court rejected the bail application of all the nine persons
accused in the Malegaon blast case (September 8, 2006).
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
February 23: 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."
January 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.
January 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Slain Mumbai Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) Chief Hemant Karkare was
on the hit list of the Islamist militant outfit Indian Mujahideen
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.
December 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 20.
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 February 14.
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.
November 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.
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 confirmation.
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
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
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
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 in Mumbai
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 commission.
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
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 bakery.
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
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 valid documents.
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,
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
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 minor cases.
The Maharashtra 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 court."
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.
March 26: 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 March 14.
March 18: 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
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).
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
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 site. A
Police prosecutor urged that the telecast of the site footage was
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).
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
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, 900. "The
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.
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 bomb blast.
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.
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.
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.
the first breakthrough in the bomb blast probe, investigators detained
two suspects from Kudalwadi and Janwadi on the outskirts of Pune
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.
report also claimed that two more persons were also detained in
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 nationals.
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 targets.
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
December 21: 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 Mumbai Police.
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 official said.
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
- 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206,
and 220.127.116.11 - 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
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 phone.
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
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 against him.
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
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
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
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
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 29.
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
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 ATS officer.
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
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
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
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 blasts case.
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 residence.
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 Raigad district.
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 remove it.
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
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
An anonymous 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."
September 26: 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 interrogation.
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.
February 13: 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 bomb blasts.
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
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 District.
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
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
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
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
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,
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