Arrested Ex- Major General son was collecting bomb blasts info: ATS

Panaji: Intelligence Bureau on Wednesday grilled son of a former Major-General of the Indian Army arrested against the backdrop of ISIS threat after he was found loitering suspiciously at Vasco railway station near here.The man,
arrested ex major general son was collecting bomb...
India TV News Desk February 04, 2016 17:27 IST

Panaji: Intelligence Bureau on Wednesday grilled son of a former Major-General of the Indian Army arrested against the backdrop of ISIS threat after he was found loitering suspiciously at Vasco railway station near here.

The man, identified as Sameer Sardana (46) hailing from Dehradun is a Hindu who Practises Islam, police said.

Sardana had been gathering information about bomb blasts which have taken place across the country in the past, a senior police official said today.

The ATS and Intelligence Bureau, which have been interrogating the 44-year-old chartered accountant, cracked the password of his laptop which he had refused to divulge during questioning, the official said on condition of anonymity.

 "(However), we have not been able to link him to any terror plot as per the investigations that have taken place till now. But inquiries are on," the official said.

Anti-Terrorism Squad is also questioning him. We have not found anything related to terror at least till now," Inspector General of Police, Sunil Garg told reporters here.

He was apprehended by the police and ATS on Tuesday.

A chartered accountant by profession Sardana has been associated with leading MNCs like Accenture and worked in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, Sardana. He was held by the police in Goa after he was found "wandering suspiciously" at the Vasco railway station.

Police found five laptops in his possession and have sent them to cyber crime cell for examination.

The police have also confiscated the five passports and four mobile phones that he was carrying with him.

Sardana was booked under section 41 of the CrPC which deals with preventive arrests.

According to police, Sardana was living in a railway dormitory, 35 kms from here, since January 22 and has been extending his stay.

He was questioned after he was constantly seen sitting on railway platform and busy on laptop for hours together, police had said.

Goa Police are on alert after the letter purportedly written by ISIS, threatening to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, was received on January 13 by the state secretariat, which was handed over to the ATS.

Police had detained a Syrian, a Nigerian and a Yemeni last week for overstaying and they were probed from the terror angle.

 
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