Maharashtra ATS arrests terror suspect

Officials are questioning Mirza to ascertain the places where he stayed and visited while in Mumbai and how did he came in contact with the wanted accused

Mumbai: A 32-year-old man, who was arrested by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) from the city's western suburbs, reportedly had top politicians and Bollywood celebrities as his target.

The man, whose identity is yet to be revealed is born and brought up in Mumbai and is close to Indian Mujahideen founder Amir Reza Khan.

According to ATS officials, Mirza, an electrician by profession, was in touch with LeT members that are believed to have been involved in the November 2008 attack in Mumbai.

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After spending few days in Sharjah, Devadiwala took Mirza to Dubai and arranged a flight to Pakistan via Nairobi.

After receiving confirmation about his plans, they alerted Maharashtra ATS, whose Juhu unit arrested him from his residence in Jogeshwari. During the investigation, it's revealed that the man was trained in Pakistan and had returned to Mumbai from an unknown location in the country. When contacted, Maharashtra ATS chief Additional Director General Atulchandra Kulkarni confirmed that the accused had been arrested from the city. The police said in Karachi he was then sent to a terrorist camp where he received training of arms and ammunition like operating weaponry, bomb-making, suicide bombing and other terror-related activities.

Officers said Mirza was trained at Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) camps for carrying out attacks in several places in India and also the assassination of influential personalities. The fact remained that he had been called specially to Sharjah by Farooq Devadiwala, who is linked to Karachi-based underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and wanted in bomb blasts in Mumbai. █ Mirza had received training in handling of explosives and use of sophisticated firearms in Pakistan.

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