Bangalore: A plot by Pakistan`s ISI to
engage Maoists to commit terrorist and subversive activities
in the country has been unearthed with the arrest of two
Indian conspirators in the state, a top police official said
The duo identified as Vinay Kumar (30) and Devaiah were
hired by Altaf, who was working at the behest of the Chhota
Shakeel faction of Dawood Ibrahim gang, Bangalore City Police
Commissioner Shankar Bidari told reporters here.
Vinay hail from Hassan district of Karnataka, while
Devaiah from Kodagu district and Altaf from Dakshina Kannada
district, he said.
Altaf had told the duo that he had been engaged by Chhota
Shakeel at the instance of Dawood Ibrahim to garner support
of Maoist leaders in India and to engage them on a payment
basis to commit terrorist and subversive acts in the country.
He had directed the duo, who were his earlier
accomplices, to get in touch with Maoist leaders and to bring
them to Dubai for an interaction, Bidari said.
Following Altaf`s instructions, the two had contacted
certain Maoist leaders in Andhra Pradesh and were about to
bring them to Dubai before they were nabbed.
Investigations revealed that Altaf had made arrangements
and sent entry permits or visas for three Maoist leaders in
Andhra Pradesh -- Ram Kripal Pande, Shivakumar Kunta and
Shridhar Pasham, and also for Devaiah, he said.
Two way tickets from Hyderabad to Dubai were booked
through internet by Uranus Travel and Tours, he said, adding
that these tickets and entry permits had been seized.
Vinay also received Rs 50 lakh through the `Hawala route`
from Altaf for making arrangements for the interaction to be
held in Dubai. The money was sent in instalments on three
different days in July.
According to Bidari, Vinay said he had used the money to
buy a car and had kept Rs 10 lakh with an accomplice, who was
yet to be traced and arrested, the officer said.
Investigations revealed that the duo had already paid Rs
four lakh to the Maoist leaders.
Police have seized the visa copies and passports of the
duo, besides an unlicensed pistol and seven live rounds during
a raid on Devaiah`s house at R T Nagar here, he said.
The duo were also allegedly involved in the abduction of
a businessman in Kerala`s Mallapuram district.
Bidari said Altaf was currently operating from abroad and
earlier used to run `Times Bar` in the city, where he came in
touch with Vinay, who worked as a bouncer at the bar, and
Devaiah, who was a freelance detective.
Altaf was also involved in two cases in Bangalore where
he tried to extort huge sums from businessmen, the officer
said. In both the cases, he was evading trial and warrants
were pending against him. Altaf was also an accused in two
cases of assault and criminal intimidation in Bangalore,
Altaf`s brothers were believed to be staying in Saudi
Arrangements had been made to issue a red corner notice
against Altaf, he said.