Lucknow, Mar 25: The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Force (UP ATS) on Sunday nabbed 10 accused, who it claimed were linked with Lashkar-e-Taiba, from Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in connection with the terror funding case. During the operation, a large amount of cash, bank statements and ATMs cards have also been recovered.

The arrests were made by the ATS from different locations in the two states. Syncronised raids were carried out by UP ATS in Gorakhpur, Pratapgarh and Lucknow districts of Uttar Pradesh along with Reva district of Madhya Pradesh.

The arrested men were identified as Naseem Ahamad, Naeem Arshad, Sanjay Saroj, Niraj Mishra, Sahil Masih, Uma Pratap Singh, Mukesh Prasad, Nikhil Rai alias Musharraf Ansari, Ankur Rai and Dayanand Yadav, ATS IG Asim Arun said, reported PTI.

“A member of Lashker-e-Taiba used to remain in contact with them and ask them to open bank accounts in fake names and direct them as to how much money is to be transferred to which account. Indian agents used to get 10 to 20 per cent commission for this. Till now transactions of over Rs one crore have come to the fore,” he added.

He claimed the arrested persons had links with the LeT and some of them even knew what was happening.

“Some them clearly knew what they were doing, while some considered it as a lottery fraud,” the officer said, adding a detailed probe was on and more arrests likely.

The role of the bank staff too would be probed, he said. ATM cards, Rs 42 lakh cash, swap machines, magnetic card readers, three lap-tops, passbooks of different banks, a country made pistol and cartridges were recovered from the possession of the accused, he said.

(Inputs from PTI)