Rajasthan’s Anti-Terrorist squad has arrested three suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba men allegedly involved in luring youths in terror activities and sending them to Pakistan for training.

A case has been registered against the three - Babu alias Nishachandra Ali of Bikaner, Arun Jain of Nagaur and Hafiz Abdul Majid of Jhalawar - who were arrested yesterday under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act 1967.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that the LeT commanders based in Pakistan were planning to carry out anti-India activities through the Indians trained as terrorists on Pakistani soil, according to an official release of CID (crime).

The anti-India activities included bomb explosions, circulation of counterfeit Indian currency, smuggling of arms and ammunition, fuelling communal riots and violence in the country and also working to ensure release of Pakistani terrorists from Indian prisons.

During the course of investigations it has also come to light that the imprisoned Pakistani terrorists used to take other jailed Indian criminals into their confidence and involve them in terror activities.

After their release, these criminals used to indulge in terrorist activities on the directives of the LeT commanders of Pakistan, the release said.

Additional Director of Police (ATS) Hemant Sharma has been assigned the task of conducting further investigations and interrogating the arrested LeT men, the release added.

During the probe, it was also found that Pakistani spy Asgar Ali, who is being held in Jodhpur jail, used to lure Indian inmates to undergo training in Pakistani training camps and perpetrate terror in the country on the behest of Pakistan-based LeT commander Wahid alias Vikki Bhai.

Among those who were lured by Asgar were Nisha Chandra Ali and Arun Jain. Both Ali and Jain had direct interaction with Vikki and plans were afoot to hand over huge quantity of counterfeit Indian currency to both of them, the release said.

Efforts were made to obtain Indian passports for Ali and Jain and send them to Pakistan. However, as a number of criminal cases were pending against both of them, the passports were not issued, the release said.

Plans were also made to send both of them to Pakistan through Nepal but it could not materialise, the release added.

However, the LeT commanders were successful in inducting Hafiz Abdul, who used to teach in a madrassa.

Keywords: ATSLeTLashkar-e-Toiba