J&K cop, Kolkata aide arrested for SIM cards used in Mumbai attack

The Kolkata Police on Saturday arrested a J&K police constable from New Delhi after one of his SIM cards was allegedly used by terrorists in Mumbai. Mukhtar Ahmed Sheikh (32) had, over a period of time, collected more than 35 SIM cards. Another man, Tausif Rehman (26), who obtained the cards for Ahmed, has been arrested in Kolkata. 

The arrested duo was produced before Kolkata's Bankshall Court on Saturday and remanded in police custody for 14 days. The Kolkata Police have slapped forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy charges against the duo. "We have confirmed from sister intelligence agencies that at least one of the SIM cards procured by the duo was used in the Mumbai terror attack," said Rajiv Kumar, special additional commissioner and joint commissioner, in charge of the Special Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata Police.

According to the STF, Rehman, a resident of Ostagar Lane, under Beniapukur police station, was picked up on Friday night near Howrah station. Ahmed, a resident of Rehmanbari in Srinagar, was picked up in Delhi on Friday afternoon from J&K House in Chanakya Puri. Sources said he had been staying there since December 2. Ahmed, reportedly, is posted in the Crime Branch of the J&K Police. He was sharing a room with another J&K policeman, Sub-Inspector Latif Ahmad.

STF sources revealed that Ahmed, who came to Kolkata for selling shawls eight years ago and moved to Kashmir two years back, had asked Rehman to source 22 SIM cards. Rehman got them from different dealers—13 of them after showing the identity card of one Asraf Numan, his distant relative who is dead. The others were bought without any proof. It is learnt that Rehman was employed with a private transport company and had worked for a newspaper on a temporary basis.

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