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LeT Terrorist Nabbed From Lucknow, Was Planning Spree of Terror Attacks Ahead of Gujarat Elections

New Delhi, Nov 29: A Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist was arrested from Lucknow on Tuesday. The terrorist, identified as Abdul Naeem Sheikh from Maharashtra’s Aurangabad, was nabbed by a joint team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). Shiekh was allegedly planning attacks in Gujarat ahead of Assembly elections next month. Two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were reportedly on the hitlist of the arrested terrorist.

It is alleged that Naeem Sheikh had visited Kashmir where he had carried out a recce mission involving some vital installations, including Army camps and power projects. He had also visited some places in Himachal Pradesh, especially Kasol, which is being frequented by Israeli nationals, the officials told news agency PTI. He had been in touch with handlers based in Pakistan and was receiving instructions from LeT members.

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After escaping from Chhattisgarh in 2014, Sheikh was said to be hiding in Bangladesh. Security agencies are also probing if he had gone to Pakistan and attended LeT camps for specialised training. Security agencies have claimed that Sheikh had been roped in on the same lines as David Headley, a Pakistan- American, who is at present serving a prison sentence of 35 years in a US jail for his involvement in terror activities and the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008.

Naeem Sheikh is an accused in 2006 Aurangabad Arms Haul case, in which the court had already accepted prosecution evidence that weapons were collected to eliminate then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and RSS Pravin Togadia.

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