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Mangalore: Two aides of Malabari held
Vicky Nanjappa | April 02, 2009 14:52 IST
Two more persons belonging to the dreaded D-Company were picked up in Mangalore.
Detained for questioning, Ismail Kaup and Athik, the police say, were closely associated with Rashid Malabari.
The names of Ismail, a resident of Kaup and Athik who hails from Kasargod cropped up during the questioning of Malabari who came into India to undertake the assassination of Varun Gandhi [Images] and Pramod Muthalik [Images].
Sources told rediff.com the two were in charge of the logistics for the D-Company.
During the interrogation of Malabari, it was revealed that both Athik and Ismail were local residents and they were providing logistic support to the D-Company.
The role assigned to Malabari was also to create a safe channel for the D Gang in Mangalore. He was told by his bosses to set up strong bases in the Mangalore belt. Through Mangalore, the D Gang wanted to supply both arms and ammunition and also fund hawala transactions.
Intelligence Bureau officials say the modus operandi could have spilt into something larger. The D-Company and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba [Images] have been working in close circles since some time and there were plans afloat to create a souther corridor. The LeT was planning on using the route utilized by Dawood to carry out terror operations.