No LTTE link

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India’s Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has denied any LTTE link to the accused in the blast at the German Bakery in Pune, the Hindu newspaper reported.
A section of the media had speculated that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had found a new haven in Sri Lanka and that the LTTE was involved in training LeT operatives.
“There is no LTTE involvement in the training of Himayat Baig,” Rakesh Maria, Maharashtra ATS chief, told The Hindu.
The ATS has been repeatedly saying since the arrest of Baig, the alleged mastermind behind the bakery blast, that though he was trained in Colombo, there was no involvement of any local organisation in his training.
“There are only two reasons behind the choice of Colombo: that the entry to the country is easy due to visa-on-arrival and there is lack of suspicion,” Mr. Maria had said soon after Baig's arrest.
Even then the media had questioned the choice of Colombo. Certain sections of the media have been speculating the role of other agencies in training terrorists there.
Baig was called to Colombo by an absconding LeT operative, Fayyaz Qazi, in March 2008. He was trained there for 15 days, primarily in bomb-making techniques. The training also included information about the modes of communication to be used between them.
“Colombo is only a meeting point. There is no other significance to it,” Mr. Maria had said.
Meanwhile, US agencies have passed on intelligence inputs to India that the LeT already has some 200 cadres present in Sri Lanka who plan to use the country as a “staging ground” to enter India, the MSN India reported.

It's learnt that Washington has also informed Colombo about this after Lankan authorities denied that LeT had training facilities there. As per New Delhi's assessment, the threat could be aggravated if remnants of the LTTE cadre are engaged in logistics for LeT.

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  • Anushka Sunday, 19 September 2010 10:54 AM

    This should be taken care of before it can spread. Our best military units should be used to weed out these cadres immediately, and even foreign assistance should be accepted if necessary because this will be a problem affecting the whole region and not only Sri Lanka.

    Wasantha Sunday, 19 September 2010 11:35 AM

    Why only LTTE?. Can't be an act of individual or any other group of terrorists resurrected?.

    thusi Sunday, 19 September 2010 12:39 PM

    Should take action against these terrorists soon....

    Jane Sunday, 19 September 2010 01:19 PM

    This is india's problem not ours, when we were in trouble
    for 3 decades who cared about it ?

    shameer Monday, 20 September 2010 01:50 AM

    yes..... US is trying to fool India..... lets wait & see.......

    pwc Monday, 20 September 2010 03:33 AM

    Anti-government parties trying hard to make a link to terrorists.


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