GUWAHATI, Aug 22 � Assam Police today arrested three persons after they were picked up from the city�s Seven Mile area under Jalukbari Police Station on Sunday.
Although a section of police officers is seeking to link the men with Pakistan-based outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, Senior Superintendent of Police (City) Deepak Choudhury said that the trio had been arrested on suspicion of having links with an international smuggling group.
�At this moment, there is no confirmation about their links with Lashkar-e-Toiba. We have taken them into our custody and questioning is on,� Choudhury told The Assam Tribune.
However, during preliminary investigation, it has come to light that the three men were in constant touch with some people based in Bangladesh and Nepal.
Identified as Md Jalsa SK, Bipul Tarapdar and Md Shah Alam SK, the three were picked up from a Guwahati-bound bus bearing registration number ASOI G 5594 on Sunday. The bus was coming from Cooch Behar. Police said that the arrested men had boarded the bus in Gauripur in Dhubri district.
�Based on a tip-off, the three were picked up on Sunday morning. We have also recovered seven SIM cards, Indian map and some ATM cards,� a police official said, adding that the arrested men were heading towards Manipur and had plans to visit neighbouring countries like Myanmar and Nepal.
While Jalsa SK and Bipul hail from West Bengal, Shah Alam is a resident of Dhubri.