July 2006 News

Indian Commander Of Lashkar Arrested

15 July 2006
The Times of India

Srinagar: Indian commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba Bilal alias Mudasir, who was wanted for masterminding the serial grenade attacks on tourists in Srinagar, besides other terror attacks in the Valley and beyond, is learnt to have been arrested from Baramulla on Friday. Highly-placed sources said Bilal had spilled some vital information that linked LeT to Tuesday's train blasts in Mumbai as well. Though Jammu and Kashmir DGP Gopal Sharma refused to confirm the arrest, reliable sources in the force said Bilal was picked up from the Baramulla bus stand along with five more terrorists. All are suspected to have a hand in carrying out five grenade blasts around popular tourist spots in the heart of Srinagar, in which six Bengali tourists were killed and 35 others injured. At this point, intelligence sources were only willing to reveal that the police have 'arrested two persons resembling Bilal, but their identity was yet being confirmed'. The police had announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh on Bilal's head and even released his photographs in hope of getting some leads about his whereabouts. Bilal hails from Doda in Jammu region and is presently the chief of LeT's India operations. He has been responsible for expanding the LeT network across the country and setting up strategic modules in different cities. According to sources, Bilal, during interrogation, said that Kashmir-based LeT terrorists were deputed to carry out the blasts in Mumbai and were even given RDX and other explosive material for the purpose.


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