ATS arrests SIMI member in fake currency racket

Mumbai: Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested an alleged operative of SIMI and Indian Mujahideen (IM) in a counterfeit currency racket, in which his accomplice was rounded up earlier.

Asrar Ahmed Abdul Hamid Tailor alias Sagri (41), a computer trainer who allegedly received terror training in Pakistan, was nabbed yesterday from outside Borivili railway station, ATS said today.

His associate Haroon Rashid Abdul Hamid Naik was apprehended earlier this month. Both are active members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and Indian Mujahideen (IM), which has claimed responsibility for some of the terror attacks in the recent past, it said.

Asrar has confessed to having been involved in the distribution of fake currency notes along with Haroon, to whom he also gave computer training, ATS said.

Haroon had sent Asrar to Pakistan for terror training in 2000. Asrar had three criminal cases registered against him since 2006, including one with ATS.

Seeking the remand of Asrar, ATS today told a local court that he is a trusted confidant of some of the absconding accused in the case being handled by it. The court remanded Asrar in ATS custody till next week.

ATS sources said they might also question the duo regarding the July 13 triple blasts in Mumbai.