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 have been charged beneath varied sections of the Indian Penal Code for waging conflict in opposition to the federal government and provisions of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), they instructed information company Press Trust 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.
Those arrested have been recognized as Bhupendra Vanzara, Anil Khatik and Ankit Pal, they mentioned.
Ankit Pal was admitted to hospital beneath police safety as he had examined optimistic for COVID-19.
As directed by the ISI handler, who used to establish himself as Baba Bhai and has a number of Facebook profiles with comparable names, the three accused set ablaze seven material retailers in Kalupur space right here on the night time of March 20, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Premvir Singh instructed reporters.
(*3*) he instructed information company Press Trust of India.
“The three accused received Rs 1.5 lakh from the ISI agent via Dubai-Mumbai ‘angadia’ (courier) route for setting the shops on fire,” he mentioned.
Bhupendra Vanzara is a petty prison and got here involved with the ISI agent via Facebook, the official mentioned.
‘Baba Bhai’, with out revealing his id or motive, supplied cash to Vanzara to kill some folks and set retailers afire, the official claimed.
“Vanzara had earlier taken Rs 25,000 from the ISI agent through Paytm to buy a gun,” Mr Singh mentioned.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Chaitanya Mandlik mentioned Baba Bhai used to ship pal requests to folks having prison mentality and people in want of cash.
“We traced some of the IP addresses, used by the ISI agent to chat with Vanzara, to Karachi, which establishes the ISI connection. This was a money trap laid by them to lure Indian citizens to spread terror and cause economic losses,” Mr Mandlik mentioned.
The trio and the unidentified ISI agent, who was giving directions to them from overseas, have been booked beneath Indian Penal Code Sections 121 (waging conflict in opposition to the federal government) and 120-B (prison conspiracy), and related provisions of the UAPA, the police mentioned.
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