Ahmedabad/New Delhi: Foiling a plan by
Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen to set up base in Gujarat,
police have arrested a Kashmiri Bashir Ahmed Baba alias "Pepsi
bomber", who was allegedly recruiting youths and had conducted
a recce of key sites including ISRO facility in the state.
"We have arrested one Basheer Ahmed Baba alias Aijaz
(32) from near Samarkha village in Anand district last (Saturday) night,"
Gujarat Anti-Terror Squad chief Ajay Tomar said in Ahmedabad
Baba, who was out on bail, was arrested on a tip-off
provided by Central security agencies after police got a whiff
of his activities, which were being closely monitored.
Tomar said Baba`s main job was to identify vulnerable
youth, brainwash them and send them to Pakistan for terror
training, adding he had till now sent nearly 3000 youths for
A resident of Srinagar, Baba was known among the Jammu
and Kashmir police as "Pepsi Bomber" for his ability to
assemble Improvised Explosive Devices in empty Pepsi cans
along with an accomplice.
He was active during the Amarnath land agitation row and
had allegedly hurled IEDs in Pepsi cans at police.
He was arrested after officials traced the chemical
factory, set up in the house of one Arif Gilkar, where the two
allegedly used to assemble the IEDs.
Baba had conducted detailed recce of some places
including Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Railway
stations, Kankaria Lake, science city, Akshardham temple,
malls and cinema houses, Tomar said.