Delhi Police launches hunt for Lashkar recruiters in Muzaffarnagar

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New Delhi, Jan 7: The Delhi Police on Tuesday launched a search operation to find recruiters of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh after witnesses claimed before a court that two clerics arrested for alleged links to the Pakistan-based outfit established contacts with men from the district.

Teams from the special cell of the Delhi Police have set up camps in Muzaffarnagar to search for three LeT operatives who reportedly tried to recruit young men to carry out terror activities in the wake of the series of communal clashes last year.

Rahul Gandhi was slammed for making the same point at a rally last year

Sources said two terror suspects Hafeez Rashidi and Shahid, arrested last month in Haryana, visited villages in Muzaffarnagar after the clashes. The Delhi Police arrested the clerics after receiving inputs from the Intelligence Bureau on terror modules active in Muzaffarnagar and its neighbouring Shamli district.

The arrested allegedly admitted that they had been asked by the LeT to visit Muzaffarnagar and rope in new members.

Sources in UP police, however, said that they had no inputs from the Delhi Police and had no s intelligence, specific or generic, about the presence of LeT operatives in and around the sites of the communal clashes.

Last October, Rahul Gandhi said in a rally in the UP that an intelligence officer had informed him about Pakistani intelligence agency ISI trying to rope in young men whose families suffered in the riots that claimed 50 lives. The Congress vice-president was slammed by Muslim groups and the BJP of trying to politicise the riots. It was also questioned how an MP was being briefed by intelligence sources.

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