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Local traders are funding terror Ops: Mangalore cops

Local traders are funding terror Ops: Mangalore cops

Author: Nitasha Natu
Publication: The Times of India
Date: October 5, 2008
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Mumbai/Local_traders_are_funding_terror_Ops_Mangalore_cops/articleshow/3560866.cms

The Mangalore police, which busted an Indian Mujahideen (IM) support cell

On Friday, have said that local businessmen have primarily been financing the terror operations.

"We have recovered Rs 11.39 lakh in cash from the house of Mudassar, an accomplice of Roshan Khan alias Riyaz Bhatkal. We are now probing the source of these funds. But more than hawala operators, we suspect local businessmen to be supplying the funds. These are small businessmen,'' inspector-general of police (western range) Ashit Mohan Prasad said. The police have been hunting for Bhatkal, a key member of IM who masterminded the recent bomb blasts across the country.

Prasad added that most of the IM suspects had regular jobs and businesses, and the money generated there was also used for terror operations. "Amongst the four men that we have arrested, Mohammad Ali is a real estate agent while Ahmed Bava runs a store.''

The police are also exploring the possibility of the IM scouring college premises for new recruits. One of the suspects arrested on Friday, Javed Ali, is a 20-year-old student of the Ullal Quranic College. Computers and a diary were recovered from him. "Mangalore is an education hub and impressionable students can be used to provide technical back-up to the terror outfit,'' an officer said.

According to the Karnataka police, the four arrested on Friday have been in Mangalore for not more than 3-4 months. "Each of the accused has been taking instructions from only one person in the IM and claims to be unaware of any other member's identity. The SIM cards, found in their possession, have been used exclusively for terror activities and there isn't a single other phone number in the log. They have admitted to having collaborated in the placing of several bombs in Surat, which did not go off,'' Prasad said.

Senior officials said that Bhatkal, a Mangalore resident, had been to Mumbai earlier, but for the past few months, he was in Mangalore itself.

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