Calcutta coppers manage arrest – of undercover Indian operative


Terrific handling of the case! Undercover police agent Mukhtar Ahmed is on the left
Daylife/Reuters Pictures

Questions have been raised in India over the police handling of the arrest of a man suspected of handling mobile phone cards used by Mumbai’s attackers.

Calcutta police arrested Mukhtar Ahmed for procuring SIM cards for the group without knowing that he was an undercover operative. He was on a long-term mission with police in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Senior intelligence sources say a “high-value asset” has been blown and his family put at risk.

Mukhtar Ahmed has told those questioning him that he was working for police intelligence in Indian-administered Kashmir.

His brief was to procure SIM cards for Lashkar-e-Taiba fighters and pass the numbers to police so that all calls from those numbers could be monitored by intelligence.

Don’t you love police agencies who don’t cooperate with each other, apparently don’t even talk to each other?

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