July 27, 2009

Hyderabad ‘Imam’ held for terror links

Express News Service
First Published : 19 Jul 2009 02:54:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 19 Jul 2009 09:51:52 AM IST

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh police has nabbed Shaukatullah Ghori, a Hyderabadi, who is accused of involvement in the terror attack on the famous Akshardham Temple in Gujarat on September 24, 2002 which left 30 dead and over a 100 injured. Shaukatullah Ghori is the brother of most wanted terrorist Farhatullah Ghori, who is hiding either in Dubai or Pakistan. Police sources told Express that 44-year-old Shaukatullah arrived in the city from Saudi Arabia about three days ago. ‘‘He was nabbed at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad.

A non-bailable warrant was pending against him under POTA in a Gandhinagar Court in Gujarat,’’ the sources said. They said Shaukatullah Ghori, popular in Riyadh as Hafiz Saheb, was working as the Imam of a mosque in Riyadh. ‘‘He is not involved in any case in Hyderabad or any part of the State. His only involvement is in Akshardham Temple attack,’’ the sources said.

It is learnt that after going through the records, the Andhra Pradesh police is likely to send him to Gujarat shortly.

While two Pakistani terrorists were killed by the National Security Guards (NSG) in operation Vajra Shakti at the Akshardham Temple, three were sentenced to death and 10 to life imprisonment in the case.

Twelve more accused are absconding.

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