Samad Khan May Have Been Conduit For Bangladesh FundsMateen Hafeez I TNN
Mumbai: The state anti-terrorism squad has arrested one more accused in the Aurangabad arms haul case, who is believed to have been the conduit for distribution of funds to the other suspects.
Samad Shamsher Khan (24) was picked up from Manmad railway station on Tuesday night. According to Krish Pal Raghuvanshi, inspector general, ATS, Khan was on their ‘wanted list’ ever since this case was registered. “On June 20, he went to Kolkata by train and later crossed the border and entered Bangladesh.’’
The ATS believes he was being used by the mastermind, Zabihuddin Ansari alias Zaby, to distribute money to the other accused to help them engineer terrorist attacks.
Khan, however, has told police that he had made contact with Zaby “to raise money and help reform boys from his hometown (Asif Nagar in Beed) who were being indoctrinated by self proclaimed jihadis.’’ Zaby who is said to be a computer engineer also belongs to Beed, from where the ATS have so far arrested six persons. Khan told police he had crossed over to Bangladesh with one Masood, who had landed in Beed after being trained in Pakistan.
The police believe he was in regular touch with Zaby over telephone and had gone into hiding after the seizure of arms in Aurangabad and the arrest of his accomplices. So far, the police have arrested 15 persons allegedly connected to the conspiracy and seized 43 kg RDX, 3,200 bullets, 16 AK-47s and 50 grenades.
Khan is believed to have crossed over from Bangladesh on the night of June 25 and reached Manmad on June 27 on the Howrah-Kurla (8030 Dn). “We had information he would be coming from Kolkata,’’ inspector Sunil Deshmukh of the ATS said.
Khan, a class X dropout who has a fabrication business, is the son of a driver with the state irrigation department. A father of a sixmonth-old boy, he has now been sent to police custody till July 10.
The Times of India, June 29, 2006