The Ahmedabad crime department as we speak arrested three individuals for allegedly setting ablaze seven retailers within the metropolis as half of a bigger conspiracy of Pakistan’s spy company ISI to unfold terror by luring unsuspecting petty criminals in want of cash, officers mentioned.
They’ve been charged underneath numerous sections of the Indian Penal Code for waging conflict towards the federal government and provisions of the stringent Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act (UAPA), they instructed information company Press Belief of India.
An unidentified ISI agent, with out revealing his true id or motive, had allegedly lured the three males to set the retailers on hearth right here in Gujarat as a part of the ISI’s plans to unfold terror, jeopardise inner safety and trigger financial losses to India, the police instructed information company PTI.
These arrested have been recognized as Bhupendra Vanzara, Anil Khatik and Ankit Pal, they mentioned.
Ankit Pal was admitted to hospital underneath police safety as he had examined constructive for COVID-19.
As directed by the ISI handler, who used to establish himself as Baba Bhai and has a number of Fb profiles with comparable names, the three accused set ablaze seven fabric retailers in Kalupur space right here on the night time of March 20, Extra Commissioner of Police (Crime) Premvir Singh instructed reporters.
“After the incident, we obtained intelligence inputs that the retailers had been intentionally set on hearth by some males on the behest of the ISI. Following an in depth probe into the matter, we caught the three males,” he instructed information company Press Belief of India.
“The three accused obtained Rs 1.5 lakh from the ISI agent by way of Dubai-Mumbai ‘angadia’ (courier) route for setting the retailers on hearth,” he mentioned.
Bhupendra Vanzara is a petty legal and got here in touch with the ISI agent via Fb, the official mentioned.
‘Baba Bhai’, with out revealing his id or motive, supplied cash to Vanzara to kill some individuals and set retailers afire, the official claimed.
“Vanzara had earlier taken Rs 25,000 from the ISI agent via Paytm to purchase a gun,” Mr Singh mentioned.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Chaitanya Mandlik mentioned Baba Bhai used to ship buddy requests to individuals having legal mentality and people in want of cash.
“We traced a few of the IP addresses, utilized by the ISI agent to speak with Vanzara, to Karachi, which establishes the ISI connection. This was a cash entice laid by them to lure Indian residents to unfold terror and trigger financial losses,” Mr Mandlik mentioned.
The trio and the unidentified ISI agent, who was giving directions to them from overseas, have been booked underneath Indian Penal Code Sections 121 (waging conflict towards the federal government) and 120-B (legal conspiracy), and related provisions of the UAPA, the police mentioned.
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