Author held for ‘forged’ SIM card, ‘contact with terror suspect’

Dr Iqbal Minne questioned by ATS, sent to police custody for five days.

| Mumbai | Published: November 15, 2014 2:46 am

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), in a joint operation with the Aurangabad police, arrested Marathi litterateur Dr Iqbal Minne for using a SIM card allegedly obtained through fake documents. The ATS suspects him to have been in contact with a terror suspect using this SIM. Minne was produced before a magistrate and sent to police custody for five days.

A farmer had complained that a SIM card issued in his name under a special government scheme was in use and the police zeroed in on Dr Minne, a radiologist who has earned fame for writing in Marathi and specialises in writing ghazals in Marathi. Police said Dr Minne told them it was given by an official of the telephone company. The ATS suspects a terror suspect was in touch with Dr Minne through the said SIM card, police said.

“We questioned and handed over the accused to Kranti Chowk police station,” said ATS chief Himanshu Roy.

“We arrested Dr Minne after his bail application was rejected by the local court on November 12. The SIM card used by him was taken under a special scheme for farmers. A complaint by a farmer Sakha Hari Bhau Saheb in Mundwadi area of Kranti Chowk said a card was being used in his name. The arrested accused was using the same SIM card under forged documents,” said Manohar Awahad, police inspector from Kranti Chowk police station.

“When enquired about it Dr Minne said the SIM card was given by the telephone company. The ATS intercepted calls and it was revealed the accused was in touch with a terror suspect who had fled from custody,” said Awahad.

The ATS suspects that an accused in the Aurangabad arms haul case Abdul Naeem Shaikh alias Karim alias Sameer alias Nayyu, arrested by the ATS in 2007, was allegedly in touch with Dr Minne through the said SIM card. Naeem was arrested in 2006 by the Kolkata police for his alleged role in recruiting SIMI cadres. After ATS took him in remand in the arms haul case, he jumped off a moving train in Chhattisgarh and escaped.

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