The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Uttar Pradesh police has arrested ten persons, who it claimed were linked with Lashkar-e-Taiba and allegedly involved in terror-funding activities. “Ten persons were arrested from Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Pratapgarh and Rivan (MP) on Saturday by the ATS. These persons were involved in terror-funding on the directives from Pakistan,” ATS IG Asim Arun told reporters in Lucknow.
The arrested men were identified as Naseem Ahmad, Naeem Arshad, Sanjay Saroj, Niraj Mishra, Sahil Masih, Uma Pratap Singh, Mukesh Prasad, Nikhil Rai alias Musharraf Ansari, Ankur Rai and Dayanand Yadav, he said. “A member of Lashkar-e-Taiba used to remain in contact with them and ask them to open bank accounts in fake names and direct them as to how much money is to be transferred to which account. Indian agents used to get 10 to 20 per cent commission for this. Till now transactions of over Rs 1 crore have come to the fore,” he said.
He claimed the arrested persons had links with the LeT and some of them even knew what was happening. “Some them clearly knew what they were doing, while some considered it as a lottery fraud,” the officer said, adding a detailed probe was on and more arrests likely.
The role of the bank staff too would be probed, he said. ATM cards, Rs 42 lakh cash, swap machines, magnetic card readers, three laptops, passbooks of different banks, a country made pistol and cartridges were recovered from the possession of the accused, he said.