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PRIZE CATCH: Suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militants Imran Ahmad Kirmani and Ghulam Rasool Bafanda in police custody on Wednesday. - PHOTO: AFP
PRIZE CATCH: Suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militants Imran Ahmad Kirmani and Ghulam Rasool Bafanda in police custody on Wednesday. - PHOTO: AFP

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Leads to seizure of 1.65 kg of RDX, timers and Rs. 4.5 lakh Police suspect that the outfit had planned to carry out a major terrorist strike

NEW DELHI: Two alleged conduits of the banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), including a young aircraft engineer, have been arrested here.

The Special Cell of the Delhi police nabbed them at Dwarka with 1.65 kg of deadly RDX, timers and Rs. 4.5 lakh in cash. The police suspect that the outfit had planned to carry out a major terrorist strike in the Capital.

The Special Cell had in October received inputs about a Lashkar militant, operating under codename "Khalid," who had set up base in Delhi and was providing logistics support to the outfit. The police found that the suspect had been living at Dwarka in South-West Delhi and had been passing on money collected through the hawala channel to militants operating in the Kashmir Valley.

On November 16, the police received a tip-off that the suspect would come to a shopping complex in Dwarka Sector-6 to hand over money to another LeT conduit. A trap was laid and the two were arrested and the explosive consignment, including two ABCD timers, and cash were recovered from them.

The accused were identified as Imran Ahmad Kirmani (25) and Ghulam Rasool Bafanda (45).

Imran reportedly disclosed that his brother was a Pakistan-trained LeT terrorist and had been arrested twice. In 1990, he was arrested on the India-Pakisatan border while trying to infiltrate into the country. In 2005, he was arrested again in Punjab after a huge quantity of fake currency was recovered from his possession.

It was at his brother's instance that Imran began working for the outfit as a conduit about six months ago under a Pakistani handler Furkan, who is LeT divisional commander at Kupwara and Handwara.

Imran told the police that he has done a three-year course in aircraft engineering from Sanganer in Rajasthan. He worked as an aircraft technician at Star Aviation Academy at New Palam Vihar in neighbouring Gurgaon but soon quit and was looking for another job.

Ghulam Rasool allegedly disclosed that he had been working for the terrorist outfit for the past one year. As directed, he collected the explosive consignment from Shabbir at Azadpur Mandi in North Delhi on November 16 and was to deliver it to Tariq near the Dwarka Sector-9 Metro station to carry out a terrorist strike in the Capital.

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