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ATS looking for two suspected accomplices of Hizbul militant held in Kanpur

Press Trust of India  |  Kanpur (UP) 

Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has launched a massive

manhunt to nab two suspected accomplices of (HM) Qamar-uz-Zaman, who was arrested from here, official sources said Friday.

"Preliminary investigation confirmed that two persons were frequent visitors to Zaman's rented place and stayed with him," of Police (ATS) said.

One of them had allegedly played a key role in striking a deal with the landlord, Ujiyari Lal Yadav, a former corporator from Shiv Nagar ward from where was arrested Thursday, Kumar added.

Zaman, a BA drop-out hailing from Jamunamukh in Hojai district of Assam, had come in contact with a person named Osama in the initial months of 2017 and joined Kashmir-based militant organisation HM, Kumar said.

He went on to get training in the forests and hills near Kishtwar, Kumar said, adding then adopted the name Dr

After being imparted training, was sent to to carry out blast during a festival, Kumar said.

Kumar said that the arrested HM had first surfaced in April this year after a photo of him flaunting an AK-47 rifle with his code name was posted on and widely shared.

During questioning, the SSP claimed, Zaman confessed to have taken help of a local youth in hiring rented accommodation very close to formerly known as which functions as part of the IAF base in Chakeri

The agency is trying to find out the duration of Zaman's stay in UP, details of his aides, source of funding and specific targets in the city, Kumar asserted.

said that about two months back a couple of men carrying bags on their shoulders had visited his house and asked about the rented accommodation, while he was standing outside his house.

"They had said that they were from and worked for a mobile company as tower engineers and their responsibility included maintenance of cell towers," Yadav said.

Yadav said he had given them a hall on the first floor on rent for Rs 3,400 per month.

They paid one month advance and promised to give the identity related documents later. However, they never provided the documents even though he asked them thrice, Yadav said.

"They promised every time to bring the documents whenever they visited Lucknow, but they didn't," he said.

During the probe, the found that the three men had moved in together and they used to come there especially during night hours.

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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 20:20 IST