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23 Jul 2017, 08:02 HRS IST
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  • Suspected LeT terrorist arrested from Mumbai airport

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20:17 HRS IST

Mumbai, Jul 17 (PTI) A suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, allegedly involved in the 'fidayeen' attack on a CRPF camp in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in 2008, was on Monday arrested at the city airport shortly after he flew in there from UAE, a police official said

Salim Mukim Khan alias Abu Amaar alias Arif, a native of Hathgaon in Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh, was nabbed in a joint operation by anti-terrorism squads of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh police when he arrived at the international airport from the UAE, he said

Salim, facing lookout notice, was stopped at an immigration counter on the intervening night of July 16 and 17 and taken into custody, the official said

His interrogation and records available with security agencies showed his alleged role in the suicide attack on a CRPF camp in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, on January 1, 2008, he said

Eight persons, including some CRPF jawans, were killed in the terror strike

Salim was also a financier of suspected ISI agent Aftab Ali, who was arrested in May in Faizabad by Uttar Pradesh ATS, he added

While being abroad, he had been in contact with Aftab and gave instructions to him about terror activities and funding, the official said

Aftab had been in constant touch with the Pakistan High Commission and had gathered information about several defence establishments in UP, he said

Salim's name had first cropped up as terror module in 2008 during interrogation of suspected terrorists, Kausar and Sharif, who were arrested in 2008 for the attack at the CRPF camp, he said

The duo had claimed that Salim, along with them, had received terrorist training at a camp in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, in 2007, the official said

After the Rampur attack, a case was registered under relevant sections of the IPC, the Arms Act, the Explosive Substances Act, the Explosives Act and the Foreigner Registration Act, he said

Initial inquiry by the Maharashtra ATS indicated that Salim was suspected to be associated with Pakistan-based terror outfit LeT, the official said

The UP ATS will seek his custody for questioning in the Rampur attack and alleged involvement in severeal other anti-national activities under their jurisdiction, he said

The Maharashtra ATS is extending all cooperation to its UP counterpart for Salim's interrogation, the official added.

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