Another ISI agent arrested

A 37-year-old hawala operator, who allegedly funded a suspected agent of Pakistan's spy agency ISI, has been arrested, a police official said today.

On information provided by ISI conduit Aftab during interrogation and corroborating the input with electronic surveillance, an ATS team with assistance from Mumbai police and ATS raided a house in Masjid Bunder area in South Mumbai on Wednesday night and arrested Altaf Quereshi.

Ali is believed to have received training from the ISI in Pakistan and was in constant touch with officials in the Pakistan High Commission, IG ATS Aseem Arun was quoted as saying by PTI.

During investigation, the ATS checked Ali's bank account and found that the fund was transferred by one Altaf Qureshi from Mumbai.

Though he managed to hoodwink intelligence and security agencies all this while, his number was deemed suspicious in January when ATS arrested some people for running illegal global call centre (through SIM box) in Lucknow, Hardoi and Sitapur. He had direct links with ISI in Pakistan. "The ISI operatives approached him over telephone in 2014 and offered him an assignment of clicking pictures of Faizabad Cantonment area and sending it to them".

"He was in constant touch with Pakistan High Commission", the ATS statement said.




During interrogation, names of some more persons cropped up, the official said, adding more arrests are likely.

"The group, allegedly trained by Pakistan's ISI, has reportedly been asked to target Ayodhya, Varanasi, Vrindavan, and the Taj Mahal in Agra", UP police said. Naviwala allegedly relayed the instructions to Qureshi and then wired the money to the account of Ali.

He had allegedly provided information about the army's movements and units in Faizabad, Lucknow and Amritsar, he said.

Altaf is originally from Rajkot in Gujarat, the cops said. IG ATS Asim Arun said Qureshi was in hawala trade and provided money to Ali for sharing crucial information with his ISI handlers.

Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh police had warned of a possible terror attack in the state by ISI-trained militants.

A Khurasan module was busted after Saifullah's death last month.

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