32-Year-Old 'Terrorist' Nabbed by Maharashtra ATS Was 'Trained in Pakistan'

The accused revealed that assassinations of some important personalities of Mumbai were also planned

The accused revealed that assassinations of some important personalities of Mumbai were also planned

A 32-year-old man, who is suspected to be a terrorist from Pakistan, was arrested by Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in Mumbai on May 11.

He was arrested on May 11 and has been sent to police remand till May 11.

Informed ATS sources said here on Monday that Mirza, who was arrested by the city ATS sleuths in a a joint operation with Kolkata Special Task Force (STF), told the interrogators that he was waiting for "instructions" from his handlers overseas to undertake terror strikes in attacks in Mumbai, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.

According to the police, the accused was in touch via social media with a Sharjah based terrorist who is believed to have been involved in several terror-related activities. "From Khan, we have learnt that he got training from a terror camp situated on the outskirts of a Pakistani city". From Sharjah, Devadiwala took Mirza to Dubai and arranged a flight for Nairobi, which had a transit halt in Pakistan, he said. The training that Mirza had undergone was in weapon handling, explosive making and suicide attacks. Devadiwala was Mirza's handler and the latter was awaiting orders from Devadiwala when apprehended, sources revealed.


A Delhi Special Cell police officer was quoted in "DNA" that he had been instructed by Dawood Ibrahim's close confidante Chhota Shakeel to carry out terror attacks in India and top politicians were in his hit list.

After receiving confirmation about his plans, they alerted Maharashtra ATS, whose Juhu unit arrested him from his residence in Jogeshwari.

During interrogation, officers found that Mr. Mirza, with the previous bomb blast accused, had planned to target VVIPs and busy places in the city, public utilities, and government offices.

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