Pulwama terror attack suspect nabbed in Pune

Pune: A suspect in the February 14 Pulwama suicide attack has been arrested here by the Bihar Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in collaboration with its Maharashtra counterpart, official sources said here on Thursday.

Shariyat Anwar-ul-Haq Mandal, 19, of Bajipur in West Bengal’s Nadia district, is accused of procuring a list of postings of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers as well as some other sensitive documents, officials said.

His name was revealed during the interrogation of Khairul Mandal and Abu Sultan, members of the banned Bangladeshi terrorist groups Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen and Islamic State of Bangladesh, who were arrested by the Bihar ATS earlier.

The two also revealed that Mandal was holed up in Pune since the past few weeks.

Following a request made by the Bihar ATS a few days back, the Maharashtra ATS tracked him down to Khalumbre village in Chakan, on the outskirts of Pune, where he was masquerading as a labourer there.

The Bihar ATS on Thursday produced Mandal before a Pune court and secured a transit remand for him before taking him to Patna for further proceedings.