A haven for LeT militants

NEW DELHI NOV. 7. One of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists gunned down by the Delhi police at the Ansal Plaza complex here on Sunday evening had visited Mumbra in the Thane district of Maharashtra almost a month ago. This has alarmed the intelligence agencies as Mumbra is fast becoming a base for LeT militants assigned to target the Capital.

The diaries recovered from the terrorists revealed that one of them, identified as a Dawood Ali, had visited Mumbra on the outskirts of Mumbai. Underworld don Chhota Shakeel, who along with his accomplices <243>had masterminded the Mumbai serial blasts in 1993, had also set up his base in Mumbra.

Following the Mumbai blasts, Mumbra had become a safe haven for terrorists.

In October 2001, four Harkat-ul-Mujahideen militants were arrested <243>from Mumbra by the local police. Earlier, some LeT terrorists planning to target prominent politicians were also arrested from the area.

Intelligence agencies had then warned the police that the LeT was trying to set up its base in Mumbra as they had the support of locals.

Investigations so far have revealed that the two slain terrorists had visited Delhi thrice before they were spotted and gunned down by the Special Cell.

The police said details gathered from the diaries were being shared with the intelligence agencies to track down their accomplices here and in Thane.

Meanwhile, details of the cellular phone and three prepaid Airtel cards recovered from the terrorists are still being scrutinised.

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