IG, ATS, said that during questioning, Aftab told the police Saleem used to issue instructions to him from overseas over phone and also sent money in exchange of information.
Salim was deported from Abu Dhabi by the United Arab Emirates authorities as he did not possess valid documents to support his stay in the Gulf country, said the police official in Mumbai on condition of anonymity.
Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested an alleged wanted Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) terrorist, Salim Mohammad Khan. “Khan is being taken in custody by UP ATS”, said an officer.
According to reports, Saleem Khan hails from Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh and was arrested in a joint operation carried out the UP ATS and Maharashtra ATS.
Arun said that two people, Kausar and Shareef, arrested in connection with the attack on CRPF camp, had told the U.P. police that Salim Khan had got training with them at a terror camp in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in 2007. The police said that Khan had come under their radar for his alleged involvement in the fidayeen attack on the Rampur CRPF camp in January 2008. He was arrested from the global airport on the intervening night of July 16 and 17, he said. While Saleem’s family members were not accessible, station officer of Hathgawan police station Vinod Kumar Singh told The Indian Express that they had visited Saleem’s house where his younger brother Kaleem said Saleem had left for Dubai around nine years ago and never contacted anybody in the family since then. Khan has been on the run ever since and had managed to hoodwink security agencies.
Recent investigations also revealed that he was also the handler for ISI agent Aftab Ali, who was arrested in Faizabad. Sandeep Sharma alias Adil, a resident of Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, was also questioned last week by the Uttar Pradesh ATS after the arrest.