The Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) is probing whether new terror recruits from Mumbai may have been headed for Pakistan for arms and ammunition training from any terror outfit,as suspected.
They are trying to find details of any such operation from Abdul Latif Rashid and Riyaz Ali Imtiaz,arrested on March 13 for allegedly planning a terror strike.
The two were produced in the court of Mazgaon Metropolitan Magistrate B S Chavan on Friday,and the prosecution sought an extension of their police custody for seven days for getting details of any new terror recruits.
The two were remanded in police custody till April 1.
Public Prosecutor S K More also said the identity of the man,known as uncle,in Pakistan with whom the accused were suspected to have been in telephonic contact,was yet to be ascertained. The two are alleged to have been following the instructions of uncle,suspected to be Abdul Bashir Khan,an absconding accused in the 1993 serial blasts,to carry out attacks in Mumbai.
The ATS had arrested Latif and Ali from their houses in Behrampada in Bandra.
According to the ATS,the duo had been in touch with uncle on telephone and had conducted a recce of the headquarters of public sector ONGC,besides Thakkar Mall in Borivali and Mangaldas Market. They were allegedly planning to set them on fire on the orders of uncle.
Ramdayal Chouhan,appointed to represent the two suspects by the Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind,which has been providing legal assistance to several Muslim terror suspects,argued that custody of the two suspects was not required.
ATS team in UP to probe terror links
LUCKNOW: Abdul Latif Shaikh and Riyaz Ali,the alleged LeT men arrested by the Mumbai ATS,have reportedly spoken about their Uttar Pradesh links during the ongoing interrogation. They had visited these links in 2009 and had been in regular contact with them,it has been learnt.
A Mumbai ATS team arrived here on Friday in connection with the investigation of these links. The team members also visited the Home Department and wanted to meet Principal Secretary (Home) Kunwar Fateh Bahadur,who is now in Delhi,before going back to Mumbai,sources said.
It is learnt that the arrested men had told the police that a Dubai-based LeT link had given them the phone numbers of two UP-based men to arrange driving licences and passports on fake names and addresses. The phone numbers and other information about these men have been given to the UP ATS,following which it has been found that both the phones had been obtained on fake identities.