Saturday, June 20, 2009

LeT member motivated, hired Maoists

20 Jun 2009, 0642 hrs IST, Rahul Tripathi & Smriti Singh , TNN



NEW DELHI: Key Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative Mohammad Umer Madani reportedly motivated and recruited Maoist fighters from Jharkhand and Bihar.
Madani, who was arrested on June 4, disclosed this to the police during his 14-day remand. He was produced in court on Friday, following which his remand was extended by another week.

Madani revealed names of several Maoist leaders he was in regular touch with. On his current visit to India, Madani was scheduled to meet them in Bihar and Jharkhand. "He had been instructed by his bosses at LeT to recruit Maoists and forge a relationship with them with the help of money and firearms. It seems that LeT wanted to exploit the areas which are under the control of Maoists to smuggle arms and explosives," said a senior police officer.

Sources said Madani also planned to train those recruited from other parts of India in Maoist strongholds before sending them to Pakistan for further training. "We need to catch his contacts who will shed more light on the talks that Madani had with them," added the officer. Madani was produced before duty metropolitan magistrate Manish Yaduvanshi.

"Along with LeT, Madani was also supposed to recruit Maoists in Jharkhand. He acted as conduit for LeT and provided training to recruits in POK and sent them to India to carry out terror strikes," said Rajiv Mohan, the public prosecutor, while seeking Madani's remand.

Meanwhile, the police added that they would take Madani to Jharkhand and other places in Bihar to trace the entire network. "We are also in the process of verifying his visits to other countries to find out the source of money he accumulated," said a police officer.

Madani, who had established a base in Nepal, was wanted in India for quite some time as his name was revealed with the arrest of three associates in 2002.

Madani was carrying foreign currency including USD 8,000 which he had received from Italy to carry out terror activities in the country at the time of his arrest. Meanwhile, the police also received the details of his two accounts at Himalayan Bank and Everest Bank in Nepal and learnt that there had been several transactions over past few months, amounting to more than Rs 25 lakh

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