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Arrested man had plans to carry out attacks in Mumbai, Guj, UP: Maha ATS

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A 32-year-old man, arrested by Maharashtra's on May 11, had plans to carry out terror attacks in Mumbai, and with the help of his group members, a senior ATS said here today.

ATS officials are interrogating Faizal Hassan Mirza, who was arrested here on Friday in a joint operation with the Kolkata (STF) and the Police, told reporters.

Mirza left the country a few months ago on the pretext of getting a job, as per the instructions of his "handler" and his distant kin Farooq Devadiwala, who stays in Sharjah, another said.

Devadiwala is a wanted accused in terror activities in and has underworld links, he said.

According to sources, Devadiwala is also connected with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's trusted and was recruiting men from and other cities to carry out terror activities.

He was instrumental in recruiting Mirza for terror activities and suicide bombings and had arranged air tickets for the latter from Mumbai to Sharjah, the said.

From Sharjah, Devadiwala took Mirza to and arranged a flight for Nairobi, which had a transit halt in Pakistan, he said.

When his flight landed at the Karachi airport, Mirza was asked to deplane and with the help of Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI, was taken to a terror training camp and trained by the handlers and a religious preacher, claimed.

After returning to Mumbai, Mirza was awaiting orders from the handlers to carry out attacks in Mumbai, and Uttar Pradesh, he said.

They had planned these attacks in crowded places, targeting and also VIPs of these cities, added.

"The ATS has registered an offence under section 16, 18, 18A, 18B, 20 of the IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against Mirza and six others, who include trainers, facilitators, handlers and a preacher, Kulkarni said.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 20:15 IST