Delhi Police pins hope on American Centre attacker to ‘find’ key LeT operative

Special Cell of Delhi police planning to interrogate Aftab Ansari, a Dubai- based gangster serving death sentence in 2002 terrorist attack on American Center in Kolkata, in connection with absconding Laskhar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) operative Abdul Subhan.

Ansari is currently lodged in Alipore Central Jail in Kolkata for attack on American Center in 2002. Reportedly, Subhan, the key handler in LeT’s Muzaffarnagar module, is still at large and police are yet to get any clue from Shahid and Rashid, both LeT operatives, arrested in December from Mewat for planning terror attacks in Rajasthan.

Subhan was once arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 2001 and later released in the year 2011.

Sources said that Subhan and Ansari were in touch with each other since 2001 when the former joined LeT. After his release from jail in 2011, Subhan established contacts with Javed Baluchi, the LeT commander  with whom he met twice in Pakistan.

A well-placed source in the Special Cell told Millennium Post, ‘If we could not find the possible hid-outs of Subhan in the next couple of days then we might question Ansari by sending a Special Cell team to Kolkata’.

Despite making tall claims to nab Subhan, senior police officials have not even bothered to collect LeT operative’s dossier from CBI, who had arrested the Let mean after several months of investigation. Speaking to Millennium Post, a senior police official of Special Cell said, ‘Currently we don’t require the dossier as we have enough information about him to make his arrest soon.’

Counsel seeks transfer of case to NIA

New Delhi: Claiming that Delhi Police created a case against his clients to prove a statement by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as correct, the defence counsel of two Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) suspects on Thursday sent a letter to the home minister, asking for the transfer of the case to the NIA.  Their counsel MS Khan has sought transfer of the case from Delhi Police to the NIA for a fair probe into the matter, contending that his clients were made scapegoats.
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