The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Uttar Pradesh police on Sunday arrested 10 individuals linked to terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba in a crackdown against a terror funding network. They were arrested from Gorakhpur, Lucknow and Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh and Rivan in Madhya Pradesh.
The arrested individuals were identified as Naseem Ahmad, Naeem Arshad, Sanjay Saroj, Niraj Mishra, Sahil Masih, Uma Pratap Singh, Mukesh Prasad, Nikhil Rai alias Musharraf Ansari, Ankur Rai and Dayanand Yadav.
ATS IG Asim Arun said, “A member of Lashkar-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 1 crore have come to the fore.”
Arun, according to PTI, said that the arrested persons had links with the LeT and some of them even knew what was happening. “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 latest development went largely unnoticed without much outcry by the self-proclaimed champions of India’s nationalist brigade largely because it has exposed their lies that all terrorists or their sympathisers are Muslims.
The BJP and its ideological friends have been relentlessly pushing their hate agenda in the guise of the so-called nationalism in order to polarise votes along the lines of religious beliefs. The saffron brigade’s foot soldiers on social media have often been nimble-footed in highlighting the religious identities of the accused,remotely linked with terror outfits.
The Indian Muslims, who are often hurled with ‘anti-national’ taunts, have been at the receiving ends for many years. But this intensified after Narendra Modi became the prime minister. Not so long, a member of the BJP’s IT Cell, Dhruv Saxena was arrested for his links with the Pakistani spy agency, ISI.