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ATS to file chargesheet in ONGC terror plot case next week

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 16:48

Mumbai: A chargesheet will be filed next
week against two arrested terror suspects and their handler in
Pakistan, who allegedly plotted strikes at ONGC headquarters
and two markets, Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS)
said Wednesday.

On March 13, the ATS had arrested Abdul Latif alias Guddu
(29) and Riyaz Ali alias Rehan (23) from near Matunga railway
station in central Mumbai.

"Final touch is being given to chargesheet. In certain
areas, we needed permission from Home Department which has
been granted. The chargesheet would be filed next week against
the two arrested accused and their handler in Pakistan," a
senior ATS official said on condition of anonymity.

The duo had allegedly conducted recce of three targets -
headquarters of public sector Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
(ONCG), Thakkar Mall and Malgaldas Market in the city - and
were planning to carry out attacks which included sabotage and
setting them on fire, they said
They used to receive instructions from a person in
Karachi whom they referred as `Uncle`, the ATS said.

The `Uncle` could be Bashi Khan, an aide of Tiger Memon
who is closely associated with underworld fugitive Dawood
Ibrahim and is one of the masterminds of the 1993 blasts.

Khan is accused of having transported explosives to
Mumbai prior to the serial blasts, the ATS added.

In the chargesheet, it would be also mentioned that the
phone calls the accused duo had received over and again came
from Karachi, the ATS official said.

"The two arrested were also given task of arranging
passports to send their associates from here to Pakistan for
recruitment," the official added.


First Published: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 16:48
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