March 2002 News

LeT militants, hawala operators booked under Poto

30 March 2002
The Statesman

NEW DELHI: A charge sheet under provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance was filed against five Lashkar-e-Toiba militants and as many hawala operators for planning bomb blasts during the rehearsal of this year's Republic Day parade. This is the first charge sheet filed under Poto in the Capital. The Special Cell of the Delhi Police today filed the charge sheet in presence of the additional sessions judge at the Patiala House Courts, Mr S N Dhingra. All the 10 suspects were booked under provisions of Poto, Explosive Act and Indian Penal Code. The police said that Pakistan-based LeT commander Abu Amar had directed four of his accomplices to carry out blasts at the parking lot where military tanks which were to take part in the Republic Day parade had to be stationed. The operation "Nazir", however, was foiled by the Delhi Police. According to the charge sheet, the hawala operators were funding the militant operation. The police said in the chargesheet that Abu Amar had promised to pay Rs 35 lakh to his associates for successfully carrying out the operation. The six-page chargesheet said while Afzal and Keen made a confessional statement before the additional chief metropolitan magistrate, other suspects were not too keen to record their statements. Twenty one witnesses, including the assistant commissioner of police. Special Cell, Mr Rajbir Singh, deposed in the court in connection with the case. South district police had arrested four LeT militants Mohammed Afzal Kunwar, Asrar Ahmed Dhar, Bilal Ahmed Mir and Adil Nazir Keen from a hotel at Kotia Mubarak Pur a few days before the Republic Day parade. Subsequently, the police arrested three hawala operators, identified as Dilip Tribhuvan Das, Rajesh Khoda Bhai Prajapati and Mehboob Karim. Two hawala operators, Ramesh Kunwar and Nissar and LeT commander Abu Amar have not been arrested so far. The police had seized a bag and a polythene cover, which had "Mission Kashmir" written on it, from the four suspects. The police also recovered Rs 5 lakh in cash from them, which the suspects got through hawala transactions. The suspects told the police that Abu Amar had been motivating people of Jammu and Kashmir for a "jehad" against the Indian government.


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