ATS looks for links between nabbed youths’ crimes,13/7

The two youths arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad in Punjab earlier this week have been accused of impersonating,creating fake profiles and procuring mobile phone SIM cards with forged documents,officials said.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:January 6, 2012 1:53 am

The two youths arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in Punjab earlier this week have been accused of impersonating,creating fake profiles and procuring mobile phone SIM cards with forged documents,officials said. But they did not rule out if this had anything to do with the 13/7 serial blasts.

The two second-year engineering students,Abdul Wahab and Qamar Aalam Sheikh,were brought to Mumbai on Wednesday and produced in the Mazgaon Metropolitan Magistrate Court. The two,who belong to Darbhanga in Bihar,were picked up from Swami Parmanand Engineering College in Mohali.

Last month,the Delhi Police had said that one of the six Indian Mujahideen men they had arrested in connection with the Delhi High Court blast,Mohammed Qateel Siddiqui,was also from Darbhanga. Qateel is expected to be brought to Mumbai as the ATS has filed a transit remand in a Delhi court,following his alleged confession that he had tried to plant a bomb at the iconic Dagdu Seth Temple in Pune.

“We are probing all angles,” said a senior ATS officer when asked if Wahab and Sheikh were being probed for allegedly forging identities in connection with the terror attack. “We want to find out why a student would forge identities to procure 14 SIM cards.”

Asked if the allegations against the two youths related to these crimes being committed in Maharashtra or elsewhere,an ATS source only said that the agency was dealing with this case as it had information about this here.

A relative of Wahab,who lives in Mumbai,said he had been called by the ATS and informed that Wahab had been picked up for “dealing in forged SIM cards and sneaking question papers”. He said he had been informed that at least 14 SIM cards were found on Wahab and interrogation was in progress about the source and usage of these cards.

“He was brought in front of us where officials lectured him on the need to turn to good life and leave cheating and forgery. We did not understand in what connection this was being done. They told us they cannot speak as the investigation is in progress,” the relative told Newsline.

The sections that have been slapped against the two youths deal with cheating,forgery and impersonating and criminal conspiracy,all charges similar to the ones slapped for creating fake profiles.

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