Suspected Hizb terrorist brought to Anand for investigation



Anand: Suspected Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Bashir Ahmed Baba, arrested by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), was brought here for investigation, sources said on Tuesday.

Baba, who was arrested on Saturday, was brought here late last night and was taken to various locations he had visited before being arrested, they said.

According to sources, the ATS team along with Baba were in the city for over an hour before they left for Vadodara.

Sources in the ATS said he was brought here so that he could give information about the places he had visited while his stay in Anand.

He was also asked to identify the people he had met in the city, they added.

They said Baba had come to Anand on the invitation of one Gulam Rasul who is from Srinagar.

ATS officials said they are investigating the terror links of Rasul, who had come to visit his uncle residing here for the last 30 years.

Anand district police and ATS have conducted thorough interrogation of family members of Rasul's uncle to know about the details of his visit to Gujarat.

However, they were not able get any information on Rasul. The family members also said they were not aware of Rasul's involvement in terror activities.

Rasul had stayed for some days in Anand and Ahmedabad, and ATS are probing his activities during his visit to the state.

According to police, Rasul left for Kashmir in the last week of February after Baba arrived in Ahmedabad.

Baba, a Kashmiri origin man who has a case registered under Explosives Act against him in his home state, was arrested by ATS on Saturday last from near Samarkha village on a highway from Anand district.

According to ATS, Baba was in contact with Hizbul Mujaheedin leader Bilal Shera who is based in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and was also in constant touch with one General Abdulla of Jamiyat-ul Mujaheedin during his stay here.

They said he had done detailed recce of some places in the city which include Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Railway stations, Kankaria lake, science city, Akshardham and various malls and cinema houses.

Baba had come to Ahmedabad on February 20, as representative of Srinagar-based NGO Kimaya Foundation working for people with cleft lip.

ATS are also questioning the people whom Baba had met as representative of the NGO.

PTI