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26/11: More clues point to Bengal connection

26/11: More clues point to Bengal connection

Author: Rajib Chatterjee
Publication: The Statesman
Date: January 28, 2009

A team from Maharastra police, that recently came to the city, found that the man arrested in connection with the terror attack on 26/11 had obtained his driving licence from Hooghly.

A senior administrative official in Hooghly said the driving licence was issued by the Arambag Motor Vehicle Camp office in 2006. The man, Mohammed Rafiq, was arrested by officers of the Mumbai police's special task force from Mumbai following the terror attack.

Mr Soumya Purakait, additional district magistrate (development) said : "We are collecting the papers including medical certificate and photo identity proof on the basis of which the driving license to Rafiq was issued. We have found the register of the motor vehicle department in which Rafiq's name was mentioned. Rafiq's application forms for learners license and final license were handed over to Maharastra police".

He further said that motor vehicle officials were now trying to get hold of the papers on the basis of which the driving license was issued.

Though it was also learnt that Rafiq had also managed to secure ration card from Chowkbazar in Hooghly, Mr Purakait said he had no reports to confirm it.

"Officers of Maharastra police have recently come to Hooghly and held a meeting with us. They told us that the driving license was issued from Hooghly in 2006. We have assured them that we will provide them all necessary help to find out the persons who had helped Rafiq secure the driving license from Hooghly," Mr Purakait said. Asked whether district administration would initiate a probe to find out, how Rafiq managed to secure his driving license from Hooghly, Mr Purakait said: "We would first send all documents to Maharastra police. Then we would probe this angle."

Another senior district administrative official said they suspect that Rafiq had come to Hooghly and stayed there for some time earlier. "We also can't rule out the possibility that Rafiq has some contacts in Hooghly," said an official.


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