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Day after arrest,cops say militant was to deliver explosives in Aurangabad

The suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba militant,arrested from the Ajmeri Gate side entrance of the New Delhi railway station...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
August 27, 2009 11:54:16 pm

The suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba militant,arrested from the Ajmeri Gate side entrance of the New Delhi railway station,has told the interrogators that he was headed to Aurangabad in Maharashtra to hand over the explosives to two men.

The police said the accused identified himself as Mohammed Aslam and also revealed the identities of the two men he was to meet in Aurangabad.

Mohammed Aslam alias Salim alias Yusuf was arrested on Tuesday,an hour before he was to board the Nanded-bound Sachkand Express at 1.30 pm. According to the police,Aslam is a resident of Rajouri-Poonch in Jammu and had come to Delhi from Jammu on the same day.

Aslam was reportedly carrying four detonators,two timers and two kilograms of chemical explosives,which were concealed in boxes of sweets. The explosives have been recovered.

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Aslam was also allegedly carrying a Jammu and Kashmir identity card — with name of Salim Mohammed — and a Pakistani passport bearing the name Yusuf.

After an initial interrogation,the police suspect Aslam procured the consignment from Pakistan occupied Kashmir and was to deliver it to his two counterparts in Aurangabad.

On Tuesday,the accused was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Yaduvanshi in a city court,who sent him for custodial interrogation till September 9.

The police said that from primary investigations it seems that Aslam had links in Maharashtra and Gujarat and police teams from the two states will come to Delhi to interrogate him..

“Aslam has revealed the names of his two associates. He also has links in Gujarat and Maharashtra,where he is also involved in some criminal cases. We need to take him to both these places so that his accomplices can be identified and flushed out,” a senior police officer said.

The police suspect that the explosives were being transported to Maharashtra for attacks there during the ongoing Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.

Aslam is the third suspected militant to be arrested by the Delhi Police this month. On August 6,the Special Cell had arrested two suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militants — Javed Ahmed Tantray and Ashiq Ali Bhatt — from Daryaganj area.

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