Aurangabad: 3 terrorists held with 33 kg of RDX
Aurangabad (Maharashtra), May 10: The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Mumbai police and Aurangabad Rural police arrested three terrorists, including an activist of the banned Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), and seized eleven AK-47 assault rifles, 800 bullets and 33 kg of RDX during a joint operation, near here, last night.
However, three accomplices of the SIMI activist, Mohammad Amer Shakeel Ahmed (27), managed to escape during the police chase, police sources said.
But police later picked up the owner and driver of the car in which three suspected terrorist accomplices of Ahmed had escaped.
Car owner Mujeeb Patel told police his cousin Muzaffar Ahmed had taken the his vehicle on the pretext of going to Beed to attend a marriage. The driver has been identified as Muzaffar Jamil Ahmed, the sources added.
Special Inspector General of police (ATS) Laxminarayan confirmed the arrests but refused to give details, saying it would hamper further investigation. '' We are taking the arrested terrorists to Mumbai,'' he said and added a hunt had been launched for the terrorists.
The getaway car, whose driver was arrested from the house of his relative during a late night raid, contained three boxes, suspected to be stashed with more arms and ammunition, the sources said. Two remaining occupants of the car were , however, still at large and the car, too, had not been seized till last report came in.
Following a tip-off from Mumbai police, Superintendent of Police Brijesh Singh alerted Shiur police station and sub-inspector Syed Asif spotted a jeep and a car fitting the description given by Mumbai police near Ellora Ghat in Khuldabad, about 30 km from Aurangabad.
While Mohammad Amer Shakeel Ahmed (27), a resident of city from Buddilane, was arrested from the jeep and the vehicle seized along with the arsenal in it, three occupants of the car having more arms and ammunition, managed to escape.
It is reliably learnt the terrorists had picked up the consignment of arms and ammunition and the RDX (stashed in hollow CPUs and computer monitors) from a container near Manmad and were on their way towards Aurangabad when police gave a chase to catch them.
The police later scouted for getaway terrorists in and around the hilly areas of Khuldabad and picked up car driver Muzaffar Jamil Ahmed who in turn led to car owner Mujeeb Patel.