IM operative Zahid was top fake currency supplier trained by ISI

Written By kom nampultig on Selasa, 29 Juli 2014 | 08.21

KOLKATA: Intelligence agencies who questioned IM operative Zahid Hussain, arrested by the STF earlier this month, believe that Zahid was an expert counterfeiter of currency. Zahid, according to them, was handpicked and trained by ISI appointed master counterfeiter Iqbal Kana. His questioning has also revealed that the German Bakery blast was a joint operation by the Indian Mujahideen and the LeT operatives.

"Hussain's role in the terror outfit was logistical. He sheltered the persons involved and he was a conduit for goods coming from Pakistan into India, through the Bangladesh border," said an investigator. "He not only supplied the explosives for the blast but also provided fake notes of various currencies. These were brought in several rounds in to Bengal through Nadia," added the officer.

Maharashtra ATS chief Himanshu Roy said that they are checking past records to try and ascertain if his name had cropped up (or any of his pseudo names) in counterfeiting cases across Maharashtra, UP, "A team of officers has gone to Kolkata to interrogate Hussain, after which we will get a clearer picture of his role in the German Bakery blast case. We are also inspecting our crime records to ascertain his link in counterfeit currency cases."

Raja Thakare, special public prosecutor in the German Bakery blast case said they will be naming Hussain in their supplementary chargesheet that will be filed soon. "Hussain is suspected of supplying RDX and his arrest is an important aspect in the chain of events." Seventeen people were killed and at least 58 injured, five of them foreign nationals, when a bomb ripped through the German Bakery in the Koregaon Park area on the evening of 13 February 2010 in Pune.

Another officer said: "After Hussain's arrest the NIA and the ATS has been asked to relook cases and probe counterfeit currency cases registered across Bengal, UP, Bihar, UP and Maharashtra especially since 2010."

Zahid, in fact, has been a very frequent visitor to Pakistan and was one of the biggest carriers of FICN (fake Indian currency notes) in eastern India. Sources in Kolkata Police's Special task Force (STF) said they are investigating if Zahid is originally a Pakistani national. An NIA team is expected to be in Kolkata "anytime soon" in order to question him.

Sources said, a few months ago top IM operative Tehsin Akhtar alias Monu was arrested from Kankerbhitta bordering Nepal and Bangladesh. He revealed that he was on his way to Bangladesh for a safe hideout. The National Investigating Agency (NIA) followed it up with the arrest of Haider Ali, who was allegedly involved in the murder plot of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was Haider who led the terror team involved in multiple blasts at Modi's rally in Patna. He, too, claimed before NIA that a man called "Ibrahim from Pakistan" was to provide him a safe hideout in Bangladesh. The STF are trying to ascertain if Zahid is the man who was given the charge of providing logistics to these two top IM men.


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