As many as six LeT terrorists, who were involved in the terror attacks on the CRPF Group Centre at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, were arrested at Rampur on February 9 by the Special Task Force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh Police. Interrogators claimed that before the Rampur attack, they were given training in intelligence gathering and handling of explosives for about a month by Pakistan’s ISI1.
National Security Advisor M. K. Narayanan asserted that the LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Harkat-ul-Jehad-I-Islami were part of Al Qaeda’s ‘elite terrorist network’ along with groups in Central and East Asia. Speaking at the Annual Munich Security Conference on February 10, Narayanan stated that this network of terror groups had common resource structures. On Al Qaeda, the NSA noted that its aims were political rather than religious and that the driving force behind the network was the power of ideas and the changing character of its leadership2.