New Delhi: A massive crackdown on sleeper
cells of Lashker-e-Taiba was being carried out nationwide and
along the friendly neighbouring countries and three such
modules were busted so far which included the terror group`s
nefarious design to target Hyderabad`s HITEC city.
Raids were being carried at nearly a dozen places
throughout the country following reports of sleeper cells of
LeT mushrooming in suburban and urban areas, government
The three modules busted by security agencies included
LeT`s plans to target the HITEC City, a major IT township
Hyderabad, and the office of a multinational audit firm.
Mohammad Zia-ul Haq, who was arrested yesterday
following a tip off by National Investigation Agency, was
directed by his LeT handlers to bomb the Hyderabad office of
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, one of the four largest auditors in
the world, and was in the process of carrying out the plan,
the sources said.
Haq works as a driver for a taxi service hired by
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
Besides, Haq had been tasked to carry out an attack at
the Hyderabad Information Technology Engineering Consultancy
City (HITEC City), spread over 151 acres and at the centre of
the information technology industry in the Andhra Pradesh
He has already procured the explosives supplied by LeT
to carry out the attack, the sources said.
Haq first came in contact with LeT when he went to Saudi
Arabia in 1995. In 2002, following the Gujarat riots, he went
to Pakistan and underwent terror training in Karachi and
Pakistan occupied Kashmir capital Muzafarabad.
He got training in handling explosives and fire arms
including AK-47 and was assigned to cause explosions in
Though he soon returned to India, he was keeping low and
was working with various travel companies as taxi driver in
Haq had allegedly carried out the bombing at Odeon
cinema in Hyderabad in 2006 through explosives supplied by LeT
through an operative from Jammu and Kashmir.
The second module was busted by the Jammu and Kashmir
police on Sunday with the arrest of Umar Zargar, a Kashmiri
youth, who had made telephone calls at the behest of LeT
warning that blasts will be carried out in crowded markets of
The third module of LeT was busted with the arrest of a
Kashmiri man in Kathmandu. However, no further details were
available so far on his arrest.