Another Mumbai terror plot cracked, two held

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  1. gogbot

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    2010-03-14 18:20:00

    Two Mumbai residents were arrested Sunday as the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) foiled a major plot to blow up state-run Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) terminals, a mall and a market complex here, police said. The duo were trained in Pakistan, ATS officials said.

    ATS chief K.P. Raghuvanshi told reporters that the terror suspects were nabbed after a tip-off that they were allegedly planning to blow up oil tanks of ONGC in south Mumbai, Thakkar Mall in Borivali and Mangaldas market in south Mumbai. Mangaldas market is the city's oldest cloth market.

    He said that preliminary investigations revealed that the arrested duo, identified as Abdul Latif Sheikh, 29, and Riyaz Ali, 23, were trained in Pakistan and were in touch with terror outfits in that country. However, he declined to identify the terror groups.

    The ATS chief added that the two were talking to somebody in Pakistan whom they referred to as 'uncle'. Raghuvanshi said they had been tracking the duo for the past 10 days.

    The two men were produced before a court, which sent them to police custody till March 18. While Sheikh is a resident of Bandra, Ali lives in Dahisar, in the tip of northwest Mumbai.

    Raghuvanshi said the accused had conducted a reconnaissance of the sensitive Nhava-Sheva area of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and its surroundings.

    Police said they had recovered from the men several maps of Mumbai, suburban Navi Mumbai and the sites they were planning to strike.

    The JNPT is among the most sensitive installations in the city and barely a few kilometres away from downtown Colaba, which was the landing point of the 10 Pakistani terrorists who had attacked Mumbai Nov 26, 2008.

    Officials said Mumbai Police was in contact with central investigation agencies in New Delhi to know more about the 'uncle' the terror suspects were referring to and their antecedents.

    The ATS, which is carrying out further investigations into the matter, would also probe the duo's links to the 26/11 attacks and the Feb 13 Pune blast, their other associates in Mumbai and elsewhere in the country, Raghuvanshi added.

    The Mumbai attacks claimed 166 live including many foreigners while the pre-Valentine's Day blast in the German Bakery, a popular cafe in Pune, killed 17 people.


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  3. Rahul Singh

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    My god! Well guys its not gong to pay off good, pest control should mean erasing or at least concentration at root. Simple branch trimming will be all waste.
     
  4. Rage

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    Astounding!


    Major terror strikes averted in India

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    Mumbai ATS chief K.P. Raghuvansh talks to mediapersons at Matunga
    on Sunday



    By SHAHID RAZA BURNEY | ARAB NEWS

    Published: Mar 14, 2010 19:42 Updated: Mar 14, 2010 19:43

    Terror plot to blow up BARC and ONGC tanks foiled by ATS


    MUMBAI: Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) officials arrested on Sunday two alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists from Central Mumbai, and claimed to have foiled a larger terror plot. The two alleged terrorists, both Indians, were identified as Abdul Latif Rashid, 21, and Riyaz Ali, 23. They were produced before a court in Mazgaon, which sent them to police custody till March 18.

    Although the officials avoided to reveal any information on the grounds it would hamper investigations, police sources said the duo was arrested following an alert from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to the Maharashtra police two months ago. The alert had said that some terrorists had sneaked into Mumbai to execute an act of terror. The information from the IB was based on a tipoff.

    The ATS kept a watch over the activities of the alleged terrorists and monitored their phone calls. Once the sleuths were convinced of the duo's intentions, they swooped on the hotel where the two were staying and arrested them.

    The sources said the ATS recovered maps and other information from the two about the Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), which is one of the important nuclear plants of the country and the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) oilrigs situated in the Arabian Sea, and of some important defense installations in Mumbai.

    During the initial interrogation, it was revealed that the BARC and ONGC were the alleged terrorists' main targets. They had finalized their line of action and the first of their attacks was to be on the ONGC oilrigs. The ATS also found out that the two had made several calls to Karachi in Pakistan during the last few days to get instructions and directions from their handlers.

    The accused told the ATS that they were all set to blow up ONGC oil and gas tanks in the city and also had plans to blow up the BARC nuclear plant.

    The accused also revealed that they had surveyed the sensitive locations of the BARC and ONGC at Sewree and at Neva Seva seaport after their Pakistani handlers - one of whom they identified as Kunna Uncle -ordered them to carry out the attack at the earliest.


    http://arabnews.com/world/article29977.ece
     
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  5. Rage

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    Mama mia! P^ta madré.... Aiyayaai !


    Anybody catch the gaffe in K.P. Raghuvansh's 'extended brief'? He made reference to an "Uncle", an oblique reference to some handler being monitored in Karachi, when there was absoloutely no need for the publique disclosure at that stage. The revelation alerted the "Uncle", who media outlets are now speculating to be Bashir Khan, and he went silent. The Maharashtra ATS is now deciding whether to prosecute K.P. Raghuvansh.
     
  6. gogbot

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I have not followed the story much.

    But keep us informed Rage.

    Either way , no amount of evidence is going to make Pakistan do the right thing.
    We had a mountain of it during mumbai , and despite sharing it with he world and Pakistan. very little happened
     
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    Defiant SP MLA meets another terror suspect

     
  8. Rage

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    Sure, gog. It appears the state government of Maharashtra has decided not to press charges against Raghuvansh, ostensibly acting under directions from the Centre, as they don't want the anti-terrorism machinery ruffled at such a sensitive time (ratcheted up offensive in Afghanistan, cold-war tensions with Pakistan, et al). But they've issued him a stern warning and reprimand, asking him to exercise greater judgment and more caution in dealing with the media. On the basis that there was no need to mention codename "Uncle", as the remand application necessary to get custody of Sheikh and Latif would have to make mention of their handler in Pakistan, in any case.
     
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    Well, well, well. It looks like they decided to do away with K.P. Raghuvansh after all.

    Rakesh Maria is sought to be his replacement.


    Maharashtra ATS Chief KP Raghuvanshi Removed

    Mumbai | Mar 25, 2010


    Additional DGP K P Raghuvanshi was today summarily removed as Maharashtra ATS chief, just days after he came under fire from the Centre for giving out 'more than sufficient' information on the arrest of two terror suspects with Pakistan links.

    In a top level shake-up in the police department, the 55-year-old Additional Director General of Police has been replaced by Rakesh Maria, Joint Commissioner of Mumbai Police (Crime), who has been promoted as ADG from the post of Special Inspector General (IG).

    Raghuvanshi, a 1980-batch IPS officer who became the head of the Anti Terrorism Squad for the second time on June 11 last, has been transferred as ADGP (Law and Order).

    "Raghuvanshi has been relieved of the responsibilities of the ATS chief. Joint Police Commissioner Maria will take over the charge as the ATS head," Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Chandra Iiyengar told PTI.

    Iiyenger said JCP (Law and Order) Himanshu Roy will be the new JCP (Crime) in place of Maria, while Rajnish Seth, DIG (Prisons), will take over as JCP (Law and Order) on promotion.

    Maria (53) met Home Minister R R Patil after the transfers were effected by the state government.

    The Union Home Ministry had come down heavily on Raghuvanshi for revealing "more than sufficient" information to the media after the March 13 arrest of two terror suspects, who police said, were plotting to attack ONGC and shopping centres in the metropolis.

    The disclosure resulted in a central investigative team losing out on a vital Pakistan link to the terror module, according to the Home Ministry.

    Raghuvanshi had revealed the two arrested men were receiving directions from a Pakistani handler, who they referred to as "Chacha" (Uncle), after which the trail to the man, whose calls were being intercepted, went cold.

    The Maharashtra government had last week said it would discuss possible action against Raghuvanshi.

    Though Chief Minister Ashok Chavan had said the state government had not received any directive regarding shifting Raghuvanshi, he admitted that the Centre was unhappy with the way certain information was given away to the media soon after the arrests.

    Raghuvanshi was appointed the ATS chief on June 11 last year after the Bombay High Court pulled up the authorities over the crucial body remaining headless since the killing of Hemant Karkare in terror attacks in Mumbai in November 2008.

    A 1980-batch IPS officer, Raghuvanshi was the first to head the ATS when it was formed in 2004 after a brief stint with the CBI.

    The Centre was also reportedly not happy with the ATS probe into February 13 Pune German Bakery blast which had left 17 dead with no breakthrough made in the case.

    A 1981 batch IPS officer, Maria was a key figure in the Mumbai attack trial. He had also cracked the 1993 serial blasts case.

    He had also headed August 25, 2003 Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar blasts probe.

    Chandra Iiyenger sought to dispel the impression that Raghuvanshi was shunted out of the key post of ATS chief.

    "Raghuvanshi's new post is the second most senior post in the state. It is a good transfer," she said.

    On his part, Raghuvanshi said he was happy at his transfer.

    "I am happy. I have been seeking a transfer for a few months now. I am happy that the government has given me an opportunity to serve under departments and take over a challenging position," he added.


    http://news.outlookindia.com/item.aspx?677767


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    The man on the right is the man of the hour- Rakesh Maria:

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    ^^^^^ I think this is very positive step shown by center & related authorities....
    No compromise on intelligence & info leak from now on...!

    K P Raghuvanshi wanted media attention & he has got it now! LOL!


    P.S.: My sincere sympathies with central investigative team & Home ministry. Hope they'll be careful hereafter....
     

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