Fahim had forewarned about Mumbai attacks, but no one listened

Following the Mumbai attacks, UP's Anti-Terrorist Squad moved an application before the Rampur session court requesting permission to collect a certified copy of documents submitted in the Fahim Ansari case.

In February this year, Fahim Ansari alias Abu Zarar, who was arrested by the UP's Special Task Force after an attack on the CRPF camp at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh on December 31, 2007, had allegedly told the police that Lashkar-e-Toiba planned to execute terror operations in Mumbai. But no one took Fahim's disclosures seriously. The application was moved by government counsel Sarvat Ali on behalf of ATS on November 30. The court allowed unsealing of the documents and copies were given to the ATS.

"In the application, we have informed the court that these papers are of use for the state. Hence, we be allowed to collect the documents," Ali said. "We have also sought permission from the court to allow us to collect a certified photostat copy of documents which were sealed. The said documents include Fahim's passport, identity cards, hand-made maps and two letters written in English."

The police had seized nine hand-drawn maps from Fahim which he said he had made in Mumbai following LeT instructions to identify targets for attacks. These maps are now part of a sealed evidence deposited in a Rampur court where Fahim is facing charges under the Arms Act, the Explosives Act, and those of forgery and criminal conspiracy. The trial is yet to begin and Fahim is lodged in Bareilly jail.

A resident of Goregaon, Fahim was arrested from the Rampur bus stand on February 10. A pistol, three hand grenades, a driving licence from Mumbai that turned out fake, a Pakistani passport, and some other papers in Urdu were also found on him.

Police claimed he had come from Mumbai to arrange for safe evacuation of the terrorists involved in the attack on the CRPF camp in which seven CRPF men and one civilian were killed. Sources said he was arrested on a tip-off from a Central intelligence agency.

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