ATS Inspector-General of Police (IG) Asim Arun informed the press about the arrests in Lucknow. Photograph:( ANI )
The Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad arrested the persons for allegedly being involved in terror-funding activities at the behest of Pakistan
The Uttar Pradesh Police's Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Sunday arrested 10 persons for alleged links to the terrroist outfit the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and allegedly involved in terror-funding activities at the behest of Pakistan.
"Ten persons were arrested from Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Pratapgarh and Rivan (MP) yesterday by the ATS. These persons were involved in terror-funding on the directives from Pakistan," ATS Inspector-General of Police (IG) Asim Arun informed the press in Lucknow.
The arrested men were identified as Naseem Ahamad, Naeem Arshad, Sanjay Saroj, Niraj Mishra, Sahil Masih, Uma Pratap Singh, Mukesh Prasad, Nikhil Rai alias Musharraf Ansari, Ankur Rai and Dayanand Yadav, he said.
The top police official said that a member of the LeT was in contact with the accused, asked them to open bank accounts in fake names and directed them about the amount of money to be transferred in the accounts. He said the Indian agents got a 10 or 20 per cent commission for this and that transactions of over one crore were detected in these bank accounts.
"A member of Lashker-e-Taiba used to remain in contact with them and ask them to open bank accounts in fake names and direct them as to how much money is to be transferred to which account. Indian agents used to get 10 to 20 per cent commission for this. Till now transactions of over Rs one crore have come to the fore," he said.
He claimed that some of the arrested persons knew what was happening while otherd considered it as a lottery fraud.
"Some them clearly knew what they were doing, while some considered it as a lottery fraud," the officer said, adding a detailed probe was on and more arrests likely.
The role of the bank staff too would be probed, he said.
ATM cards, Rs 42 lakh cash, swap machines, magnetic card readers, three lap-tops, passbooks of different banks, a country made pistol and cartridges were recovered from the possession of the accused, he said.
(With inputs from PTI)