Hurriyat Helped LeT Men Travel To Pak
3 May 2007
The Times of India
Bangalore: The Hurriyat helped Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists with fake passports to get a visa from the Pakistan Embassy in New Delhi. Alleged LeT terrorist Imran Bilal was one of them and even managed a trip to Islamabad. According to investigation and the chargesheet, the police are analysing calls, including overseas calls, made from a satellite phone by Imran to his bosses in Pakistan to get more details into the fake passport racket and the Hurriyat's involvement in procuring visas. Imran obtained a passport (No. E 3023968) in 2002 by paying Rs 10,000 to Rakesh after giving a fake address. 'Imran received a letter of the Hurriyat addressed to the Pakistan Embassy, recommending his visa to Pakistan. Imran visited the Pakistan Embassy in Delhi and collected a visa. He then headed for Islamabad via Atari checkpost by train using his fake passport,' said investigation officer ACP Jitendranath in a submission before the court. This investigation has become important for the police because the LeT has turned its attention to South India. It's said to be networking with several Islamic extremist organisations in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. The investigation has thrown up startling facts: Markaz Pawa Al Irshad, a political wing of the LeT, has called for spreading jihad against the rest of India. It describes Kashmir as the 'Gateway of India' and calls for the creation of three Muslim homelands - J&K with Pakistan, Muslims of North India and Muslims of South India. They had planned to create terror in Bangalore, says the chargesheet filed before the magistrate court by the investigating officer. The police's efforts to trace Imran's associates. The police are hunting for Rakesh, a resident of Bangalore, who they think can throw more light on the use of fake passports by terrorists.