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Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad arrests terror suspect from Dapodi area in Pune

The accused hails from Buldhana and is alleged to be in contact with terror operatives from J&K


Mumbai: In a major breakthrough, the Pune unit of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Tuesday arrested a man Dapodi area from Pune city who was alleged to be in touch with terror operatives from Jammu and Kashmir. The suspect, identified as Junaid Mohammed, was later produced in court by the ATS and remanded to police custody till June 3. 

According to authorities, Junaid, who is in his early 20s, hails from Khamgaon in Buldhana district. He has been staying with his relatives in Dapodi and was working at a scrap dealer’s shop. He is believed to have changed residences a number of times during the course of his stay in Pune, officials added. 

As per the ATS, the terror suspect has been in contact with Kashmir-based operatives of the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and had visited Jammu and Kashmir no less than six times in the last two years. He had allegedly been maintaining contact with terror operatives through phone messenger groups and had even received some money for terror-related activities.  

The prosecution disclosed that Junaid, through social media platforms like Facebook, had been tasked with recruitment for LeT groups and was believed to have conducted reconnaissance for a possible strike. He had apparently changed his mobile phone number several times so as to give the authorities the slip. 

The ATS is probing the possibility of Junaid’s terror contacts with from Pakistan and will be taking the suspect to Kashmir in order to making him reveal the full nature of his contact with terror operatives. 


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