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Cops hunt for 2 foreign terrorists in Mumbai

Last updated on: September 10, 2010 18:57 IST

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Vicky Nanjappa
Two persons of foreign origin have entered into Mumbai and are trying to cause disturbances, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy have warned.

The Mumbai Police, who have also released a sketch of the two persons, identified as Kalimuddin Khan (28) alias Rameshwar Pandit and Hafiz Sarif (25).

The Mumbai Police, who have issued this advisory based on the inputs provided by both the state as well as the central intelligence bureau, say that the two suspected terrorists are in the city with an intention of carrying out an attack.

IB sources told rediff.com that they are of foreign origin and slipped into India on Thursday.

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Image: Sketches of the two suspected terrorists

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The men, suspected to be HuJI terrorists, could have used the Nepal route, sources point out.

However, the IB is also not ruling out the possibility of the two men belonging to the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, which has a strong network in Maharashtra.

The IB had issued a general advisory to all police stations across the country regarding a possible attack in the eve of back-to-back festivals.

But there was specific intelligence with regard to Mumbai since the celebrations are conducted on a grand scale in the city.


Image: The 12-day long Ganesh festival has begun in Mumbai
Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police has launched a manhunt for these two men.

Two teams have been formed to track down the terrorists, Roy said.

Roy, who released the sketches of the suspects, says that CCTV cameras have been installed at every crowded location in Mumbai.

The officer also said that the people have been told to report about these two persons at the following numbers -- 22633333 and 22625020 -- in case they spot these men.

"We appeal to the citizens to remain alert and inform the police if they spot the two," he said.



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