Delhi Alert After Three Lashkar Modules Busted4 May 2010
The Economic Times
New Delhi: The weekend alert in Delhi followed the busting of three separate Lashkar-e-Toiba modules over last week across Nepal, Jammu and Kashmir and Hyderabad. While the former two modules were specifically tasked to hit crowded places in Delhi and were being directed by a common Pakistan-based handler, the Hyderabad module, led by local Lashkar operative Zia-ul-Haq, was on a mission to bomb multinational Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s HITEC City offices in the Andhra capital. Umar Zargar, a resident of Srinagar in J&K, was arrested last week after the intelligence agencies intercepted a call made to him wherein a Pakistan-based handler was heard passing on instructions for setting off explosives in crowded market places of the national Capital on Saturday. Around the same time, another Kashmiri youth was picked up by the Nepalese law enforcement agencies for plotting strikes in India for Lashkar-e-Toiba. The Kashmiri, who is settled in Nepal and has a Nepali wife, was picked up after he was found to be in touch with the same Pakistan-based terrorist who was instructing Zargar in Srinagar. He is now in custody of the Nepalese authorities. With the busting of a third module - comprising Hyderabad resident Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq - on the basis of a tip-off from the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the security establishment has also thwarted an LeT bid to carry out a terror strike at the HITEC City in Hyderabad. Zia ul Haq, soon of a well-placed businessman based in Saudi Arabia, had visited Saudi Arabia way back in 1995 and got indoctrinated by Lashkar commanders based in there. He was subsequently sent to Pakistan in 2002 for terror training. After the training, he came back to India and took a regular job as a driver in a taxi service hired by Deloitte, one of the world’s biggest auditing firm. He used his access to Deloitte offices in Hyderabad to carry out a detailed reconnaissance of the facility. It was only in 2007 that Zia-ul-Haq collected grenades and pistols from a Lashkar conduit for a possible attack. A few weeks ago, his module, after years of being a sleeper cell, was activated and tasked with bombing Deloitte’s Hyderabad-based office in HITEC City. NIA, however, got whiff of this and tipped off the Hyderabad police which nabbed Zia-ul-Haq last week.