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Lashkar operatives had bought enough explosives to make 10 bombs: Delhi Police

Two alleged LeT operatives were arrested last month in the Tughlaqabad Extension area of the capital.

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi | Published: March 30, 2012 12:29:55 am

Two alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operatives arrested last month from Tughlaqabad Extension had enough explosives to make ten bombs,police said.

It is alleged that Ahtesham Malik (24) and Shafqat Ali Tuggu (23) were planning to bomb markets in Old Delhi,including Chandni Chowk and Sadar Bazar,and had bought “commonly available” explosives from a shop in Chandni Chowk.

Their remand papers stated that the duo also purchased funnels,beakers,thermometers and capsules to carry out a terror strike. Police also recovered 12 memory cards and five mobile phones from them.

“They were planning to attack major markets in Old Delhi area including Chandni Chowk before March 5 as one of them had also booked a flight to Srinagar beforehand,” the remand application stated. Police said the two men spoke to each other on phone in code language.

Police recovered one litre sulphuric acid from them. “Malik worked as a laboratory assistant in Hazaribagh district of Bihar,so it was not very difficult for him to purchase explosives. Moreover,these are freely available in the market,” a police officer said.

On Wednesday,a city court sent the two men to judicial custody. Police said stickers of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa,the Lashkar front,were recovered from them. Videos in the memory cards show a training camp where they are seen assembling IEDs and using AK-47 rifles.

A third accused,Tauseef Ahmed Pir,a cousin of Malik,was sent to judicial custody earlier.

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