'LeT Didn't Approach Riot Victims' - The New Indian Express

'LeT Didn't Approach Riot Victims'

Published: 08th January 2014 08:35 AM

Last Updated: 08th January 2014 08:35 AM

Amid a political slugfest over terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba’s alleged attempt to recruit riot victims in Muzaffarnagar, Delhi Police on Tuesday clarified that suspected terrorists arrested by its special cell had been in touch with two residents of the region but they were not riot victims.

Delhi Police said Shahid and Rashid, alleged LeT operatives and natives of Bazeedpur, Mewat had met Liyakat and Zameer, Muzaffarnagar residents, to plan a kidnapping to raise money to build a mosque and other activities. “I would like to make it very clear that both Liyakat and Zameer are not victims of the Muzaffarnagar riots; they have nothing to do with them. Although they live in Muzaffarnagar, they are not riot victims,” Special Commissioner, S N Shrivastava said.

Divulging details of a meeting between the suspected terrorists and two residents of Muzaffarnagar, Shrivastava said that Liyakat, who works in education department was known to terrorists who spent a night at his residence. Both LeT operatives, Shahid and Rashid were picked up by the Special Cell on December 10 last year and revealed the details of the meeting after sustained interrogation.

Meanwhile, sources in the home ministry, citing Intelligence Bureau interceptions and a subsequent report, said there was no input to suggest that ISI approached victims in Muzaffarnagar riot relief camps. Intelligence officials and the MHA had earlier countered Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s statement that Pakistan’s ISI was trying to recr­uit youth from among Muslim riot victims in Muzaffarnagar. 

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