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'Arrest of Sheikh, Ansari could have averted 7/11 blasts'

'Arrest of Sheikh, Ansari could have averted 7/11 blasts'

Author: Agencies
Publication: The Economic Times
Dated: August 1, 2006
URL: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1833198.cms

The arrest of prime Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) suspects Rahil Sheikh in April and Zabiuddin Ansari in May during police raids this year could have averted the July 11 blasts, police sources said.

Sheikh and Ansari are the prime suspects in the blasts case and after police made an unsuccessful attempt to nab them earlier this year, the duo are suspected to have moved to Pakistan from where they are co-ordinating LeT activities in Mumbai, informed sources said on Monday.

Sheikh was holed up in Mumbai when a joint operation of Mumbai and Delhi Police was launched to arrest him in April-May this year, sources said.

Being a prime suspect in the October '05 Delhi serial blasts, Sheikh was already wanted by the Delhi Police. With his LeT activities in Maharashtra coming under the scanner of the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS), a plan had been worked out to get a hold of him.

A secret operation was planed to nab Sheikh who was then hiding at a place in central Mumbai. However, when the Delhi Police-ATS team surrounded the house where he was holed up, Rahil apparently realised the plan and jumped from the first floor of his hideout to make an escape, senior police officials said.

Similarly, when the ATS launched an operation to trace an arms cache moving near Aurangabad in the Marathwada region in May this year, Ansari alias Zaby was also accompanying the LeT operatives, sources said.

However, as the police vehicles gave the LeT vehicles a long chase, Ansari allegedly escaped and in the days ahead moved to Pakistan via Bangladesh, sources said.

Top intelligence officials said the arrest of the two key LeT operatives would not only have helped police expose the LeT network in Mumbai and parts of the state, but could have probably averted the July 11 serial train blasts.

Meanwhile, Faiyaz Kagazi - a close aid of Ansari - whom the ATS was searching for after the serial blasts, is also suspected to have escaped to Pakistan, sources added.

It is suspected that after their escape to Pakistan, Sheikh and Ansari planned the July 11 blasts to avenge the crackdown by police on LeT members in Maharashtra.

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