ATS probes terror links in dry fruits business

Grills Dolare, says he made trips to Afghanistan.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: September 22, 2014 12:54:30 am

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is probing whether the dry fruits business of Adil Dolare, who has been booked for the disappearance of four Kalyan youths, is actually a front for illegal activities.

Dolare has been booked along with four others in connection with the disappearance of Areeb Majeed, Saheem Tanki, Aman Tandel and Fahad Sheikh, who were reportedly sent to Iraq where they joined the ISIS. Of them, Areeb was reported dead last month, while the remaining three were last known to be in Iraq’s Ar-Raqqah, also the headquarters of ISIS.

Besides Dolare, the ATS has booked Afghan nationals Rehmat Daulati and Mohammed Rateb Hussainzade, and Govind Thapa, owner of Raja Hotel in Tilak Chowk, Kalyan, for violating provisions of Foreigners’ Act. Daulati is also Dolare’s business partner. Dolare was grilled by the ATS for several hours on Sunday. “Our investigations have revealed that Dolare has made several trips to Afghanistan in the past, and we are probing whether the dry fruits business is a front for something else,” said an ATS source.

“Dolare signed a declaration saying that the Afghan nationals would be staying in his house, whereas they actually stayed in a hotel. We need to find out why Dolare signed the declaration,” said an officer with Thane ATS.

The ATS has identified Dolare as one of the people who had the financial means to fund the four boys’ Iraq trip. He runs a dry fruits business in Navi Mumbai and stays in the same area as the four boys. Dolare also volunteers at the Kalyan-based Islamic Guidance Centre.

Officials confirmed that they would also be issuing Letter Rogatory and Mutual Legal Agreement Treaty letters in order to get Daulati and Hussainzade to India for further investigation.

“According to inquiries we have made so far, the Afghan nationals do not seem to have met the boys personally. The possibility of Dolare being the link between them cannot be denied,” the source said.

Iftikhar Khan, uncle of Fahad Sheikh, was shocked at the development. “I have known Dolare for a long time and I still find it hard to believe that he could be connected to the disappearance of our children,” he said.

Mohsin Khan, president of Islamic Guidance Centre, said, “I have not been able to reach Dolare today (Sunday). I have been really taken aback after readings reports of him being booked,” he said.

Dolare, in his earlier statements, has claimed, “If investigating agencies are watching me, they are only doing their job. I have nothing to hide.”

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