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Madani on mission to get LeT recruits from metros: police

Madani on mission to get LeT recruits from metros: police

Author: Express news service
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: June 6, 2009
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/madani-on-mission-to-get-let-recruits-from-m/472298/

The terror suspect arrested here on Thursday night, Mohammed Umer Madani, 50, was reportedly given the task of recruiting youths for the Lashkar-e-Toiba. "He was specifically asked by his handler to recruit youths from the metros who are graduates and have expertise in computer technology," said Joint Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, P N Aggarwal.

Madani has been remanded in police custody for two weeks.

Meanwhile, Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Friday that "the man arrested in Delhi does have links with (Lashkar founder) Hafiz Saeed".

"Madani was reportedly working on talent-spotting for terrorist activities, sending them for training to Lashkar camps in Pakistan, and then getting them to India. He sent about 30 men for training to Pakistan, including one Kamal Ansari, who was arrested in connection with the Mumbai train blasts," said a senior police officer.

Besides Hafiz Saeed, Madani is reported to have been in touch with other key LeT functionaries like Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi and Mohd Yakub, who reportedly told him to recruit two youths each from the four main metros - Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai - for terror training.

"Madani was also told to pick youths from coastal areas who were good sailors, as well as those who had worked in fireworks factories," said Aggarwal. While he was told to rope in fishermen from coastal states like Kerala, he was also looking at Jharkhand for possible recruits.

Although born in Bihar's Madhubani district, Madani is now a Nepalese citizen, having shifted to Saptari district in Nepal about 25 years back. According to the police, they got a tip-off in May from a central intelligence agency that a militant trained in Pakistan was working as the Lashkar organiser in Nepal. A probe revealed that Madani was expected to visit Delhi to deliver funds provided by the Lashkar to its modules here. "Yesterday, they came to know that Madani was scheduled to be near Qutub Minar about 5 pm. A raid was conducted, and he was arrested," said official sources.

Besides $8,000, Rs 4,068 in Nepalese currency and fake Indian currency with a face value of Rs 15,000, some documents were also seized from Madani.

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