Friday, October 27, 2017

Air hostess under ATS radar for links with ISIS operatives

Ahmedabad: An air hostess has come under the radar of Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) after her name cropped up during the interrogation of the two alleged Islamic State (ISIS) operatives arrested from Surat and Ankleshwar on Wednesday . The air hostess is reportedly close to Ubaid Mirza, the Surat-based lawyer and hotelier who was arrested along with Kasim Stimberwala, an echo cardiogram lab technician in Ankleshwar-based private hospital.
ATS sources said that the arrested duo along with other radicalized youths were planning to take the help of this air hostess to smuggle gold into India. In one of the phone intercepts between Ubaid and another radicalized youth Zabiullah of Tamil Nadu, the former suggests that they should turn to smuggling of gold, cigarettes and used cars.
"He categorically says gold smuggling will be done with help of an air hostess. We believe that the smuggling could have been planned in Tamil Nadu, Mumbai or Ahmedabad itself," said a senior ATS official. In fact, the agency is also hunting for another woman named Shazia, a friend of Stimberwala, who offered to help four other Muslim youths cross over to Bangladesh from Kolkata.
"Shazia had called up the four youths who were planning to go Syria via Bangladesh in 2014. During their stay in Kolkata, they got a call from Shazia, who claimed to be Stimberwala's friend. She asked the four youths to cross over the Indo-Bangladesh border and go to Bangoan and meet one Mandole, who would arrange fake passports to fly to Syria," the official added.
27/10/17 Sarfaraz Shaikh/Times of India
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