A prime accused in the Mumbai triple blasts that took place on 13 July, 2011, Haroon Naik met Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. This was revealed by the Anti Terror Squad. The meeting took place a month before the terror attack on the United States on 11 September, 2011. The interrogations with Haroon have revealed that he was given an “inspirational” lecture by Osama bin Laden himself. Following the meeting with the Al Qaeda chief, he met chief of LeT operations, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
“Haroon Naik was present when Laden was giving an inspirational lecture on Jihad in August 2001,”said ATS sources. It was Riyaz Bhatkal, of the Indian militant group Indian Mujahideen who sent him to Pakistan for training in terror in the year 2001. “Naik underwent terror training called Daura-e-Aam and Daura-e-Khas in Pakistan and from there he was sent to Kandahar in Afganistan for additional training of 40 days”, added sources. During his 40 day training in Pakistan, Naik was introduced to Aftab Ansari and Sheikh Omar. He also met Lakhvi during the time.
The ATS has revealed that Haroon was sent to Khandahar, Afghanistan for an extra 40 days training, before he was to execute the task assigned to him. The agency claims that the discovery will help them in finding out connections with Osama bin Laden and India. Naik was also closely connected with Sheikh Omar, the militant who slew Daniel Pearl, reporter of Wall Street Journal and Aftab Ansari, the mastermind behind the American Center attack of 2002 in Kolkata.
Haroon Naik, who was nabbed by the Mumbai police on 22 August, 2011, is supposed to have made funds for the blasts via hawala. He was arrested on charges of possessing fake currency notes and has been sentenced to imprisonment. However, he was produced before the ATS on 1 February in connection with the triple blasts.
The Mumbai blasts of 2011 claimed 27 lives, with the city being ripped by 3 simultaneous blasts in crowded areas. The vital data divulged by the ATS justifies the stand taken by India regarding the involvement of Pakistan in the 13 July Mumbai blasts. India has also accused Pakistan of cross-border terrorism. Pakistan has always denied the allegations, inspite of India furnishing the same with solid proofs.
Naik a diploma holder in Digital Technology, ITI Ulhasnagar, has shared battle space with Al Qaeda militants in Afghanistan. The ATS speaks of him as a “very, very important member of Indian Mujahideen”.
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