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Gujarat: 2 held with maps of Saurashtra, GPS device

December 12, 2008 18:11 IST

Two persons were arrested on Friday by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad and a global positioning system device and maps of Saurashtra region recovered from them, police said in Ahmedabad [Images].

Mahesh Parab and Anil Jagtap, apprehended on suspicion from the Khambaliya town in Jamnagar on December 6, were arrested by the state ATS, police said.

"Two persons Parab and Jagtap, apprehended from Jamnagar, have been arrested on Friday afternoon for violation of the Official Secrets Act," G L Singhal of the ATS said.

The duo was formally put under arrest on Friday after being grilled for over five days by the ATS, he said.

"They will be produced in a local court in Jamnagar, where we will seek their remand for interrogation," he said.

The two, who had come to Khambaliya town early this month in a taxi with Mumbai registration, were stopped for questioning by the local police who had found their movement suspicious.

On searching their vehicle, they were found in possession of a Global Positioning System (GPS) device, a laptop and maps of various places in Saurashtra region.

The local police had, in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks [Images], beefed up security in the region as a precautionary measure.

Both Parab and Jagtap claimed they were employees of a software company in Mumbai and were in Jamnagar to survey the region for developing GPS-based software for their clients, which happen to be major telecom companies, Singhal added.

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