Ahmedabad, April 7
The Ahmedabad crime department on Wednesday arrested three individuals for allegedly setting ablaze seven outlets right here 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 stated.
They have been booked below IPC sections for waging conflict in opposition to the federal government and provisions of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), they stated.
An unidentified ISI agent, with out revealing his true identification or motive, had allegedly lured the three males to set the outlets on hearth right here in Gujarat as a part of the ISI’s plans to unfold terror, jeopardise inside safety and trigger financial losses to India, the police stated.
Those arrested have been recognized as Bhupendra Vanzara, Anil Khatik and Ankit Pal, they stated.
Pal was admitted to hospital below police safety as he had examined optimistic for coronavirus.
As directed by the ISI handler, who used to determine himself as Baba Bhai and has a number of Facebook profiles with related names, the three accused set ablaze seven fabric outlets in Kalupur space right here on the night time of March 20, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Premvir Singh informed reporters.
“After the incident, we received intelligence inputs that the shops were deliberately set on fire by some men at the behest of the ISI. Following a detailed probe into the matter, we nabbed the three men,” he stated.
“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 stated.
Vanzara is a petty legal and got here in contact with the ISI agent by Facebook, the official stated.
Baba Bhai, with out revealing his identification or motive, provided cash to Vanzara to kill random folks and set outlets afire, the official claimed.
“Vanzara had earlier taken Rs 25,000 from the ISI agent through Paytm to buy a gun,” Singh stated.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Chaitanya Mandlik stated Baba Bhai used to ship buddy requests to folks having legal 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,” Mandlik stated.
The trio and the unidentified ISI agent, who was giving directions to them from overseas, have been booked below Indian Penal Code Sections 121 (waging conflict in opposition to the federal government) and 120-B (legal conspiracy), and related provisions of the UAPA, the police stated. — PTI