Court remands suspected LeT operatives in JC till Dec 20

Mumbai: A local court on Tuesday remanded in judicial custody till December 20, two suspected LeT terror operatives, arrested for allegedly plotting strikes on oil and military installations in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat and a railway station in the metropolis.

Mohammed Shareef Thakkar (33) and Mohammed Isak Kumlakh (29) were arrested on November 15 from neighbouring Thane district by state Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS). Two pistols and 13 live cartridges were recovered from them.

On expiry of their police custody today, the duo was produced before a court here. The ATS did not seek further police custody following which the court subsequently remanded the duo to judicial custody till December 20, police said.

The ATS had earlier claimed that the two, belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba, hailed from Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district. However, no such address was found when a team of ATS officials went there to verify.

Investigators suspect that the duo could be from Pakistan.

According to ATS, the two, who were working as oil tanker drivers for a private firm in Thane, are members of terror outfit LeT and are suspected of having conducted a recce of several oil and military installations in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

The duo were instructed by their handlers to gather details about oil installations in the three states and military installations in Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad.

Thakkar had also conducted a recce of Mumbai Central Railway Station in the city, the ATS claimed.

Thakkar has been living in Talasari for the past 10 years, while Kumlakh has been residing in the same town for the last five years, ATS sources said.