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Gujarat ATS Nabs 2002 Kolkata Terror Attack Accused From Bihar

An Indian commando speaks with a daily library member of the US information center outside it's office in Calcutta on January 23, 2002. American Center officials have restricted entry of daily members due to Tuesday's attack.

An Indian commando speaks with a daily library member of the US information center outside it's office in Calcutta on January 23, 2002. American Center officials have restricted entry of daily members due to Tuesday's attack.

The Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has arrested a 44-year-old man, suspected to be one of the conspirators of the 2002 terror attack on American Centre in Kolkata.

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has arrested a 44-year-old man, suspected to be one of the conspirators of the 2002 terror attack on American Centre in Kolkata.

Following a tip-off, ATS officials nabbed Hasan Imam yesterday from his residence in Aurangabad in Bihar.

An ATS release said Imam was a member of the banned terror outfit Harkat-ul-Jihadi-e-Islam (HuJI) as well as `Asif Raza Commando Force' formed by Aftab Ansari.

Ansari was involved in the kidnapping of two Rajkot-based jewellers in November 2000, wherein a ransom of Rs 1.5 crore was paid and the money was allegedly used to fund terror activities through a network of terror groups, said the ATS.

Ansari was arrested by CBI in February 2002 upon his deportation from Dubai. He was the key accused in the terror attack on American Centre in Kolkata.

Imam allegedly worked closely with Ansari and the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad to carry out the attack on the American Center in the wee hours of January 22, 2002. Four policemen were killed in the attack.

ATS said Imam was actively involved in the conspiracy. He arranged the motorcycle used by terrorists and also provided shelter to the other accused.

Later he changed his name to Arif and settled down in Aurangabad, said the release.

first published:October 03, 2016, 10:17 IST