Shedding light on reports that suspected operatives of the banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba had met victims of the Muzaffarnagar riots, Special Commissioner S N Shrivastava said a meeting did indeed take place between the suspected terrorists and two residents of Muzaffarnagar, but that they were not among those affected by the riots and had nothing to do with the violence there.
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 for building a mosque. “We came to know they were in contact with some people living in Muzaffarnagar. When we asked them, they told us Rashid and another man, had gone to Deoband. On their way back, they phoned one Liyakat, who was already known to them and told him they would stay at his house for the night and take a train to Palwal, Mewat in the morning,” Shrivastava said.
The suspected terrorists, who stayed at Liyakat’s house, were accompanied by him to Thana Bhavan railway station in the morning. Liyakat, 58, who works in the education department also called a friend Zameer, a petty criminal, asking him to arrange tea for his guests. One of the suspected terrorists, later called up Zameer asking him to help in building a mosque.
Police said the suspected terrorists met Zameer twice in Delhi but he backed out.
Meanwhile, sources in the home ministry said there was no intelligence input to suggest ISI approached victims in Muzaffarnagar riot relief camps. “IB intercepted several conversations in November last year between alleged LeT commander Javed Baluchi and a suspected LeT module in Mewat. However, there is no evidence to suggest that these terrorists had approached victims in the relief camps set up by the state government,” a source said.