UP ATS and Maharashtra ATS arrest Gorakhpur terror funding mastermind – Ramesh Shah

Shah will be produced in Lucknow court and will be taken on remand for further interrogation


The Uttar Pradesh ATS in a joint operation with its Maharashtra counterpart arrested Ramesh Shah (28) — the mastermind in Gorakhpur terror funding case — from Pune on Wednesday.  

According to the ATS spokesman, Shah’s name cropped up during an interrogation of six people - Mukesh Prasad, Nikhil Rai a.k.a Musharraf Ansari, Dayanand Yadav, Naseem Ahmed and Naeem Ahmed - who were arrested from Gorakhpur on March 24. He will be produced in Lucknow court and will be taken on remand for the further interrogation.

Bihar resident Ramesh Shah started Satyam Shopping Mart in Gorakhpur. For the last few days, he was in touch with terror-funding groups. ATS officials said that Shah was the one who used to send money to the accused.

During an interrogation, six people revealed Shah’s involvement adding that major part of the funds came from the Middle East, Jammu, and Kashmir and Kerala.

ATS IG Asim Arun said that they arrested people from Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Pratapgarh, and Rivan (MP) who were involved in terror-funding on the directives from Pakistan.

He added that a member of Lashkar-e-Taiba used to remain in contact with them and ask them to open bank accounts in fake names and direct them as to how much money is to be transferred to which account. Indian agents used to get 10 to 20 per cent commission for this. Till now transactions of over ₹1 crore have come to the fore.

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