Police Arrest 2 in Mumbai Probe

First nabbing could undercut theory blaming only Pakistan
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 6, 2008 8:09 AM CST
Indian children shout anti-Pakistan slogans during a protest against the Mumbai terror attacks, Dec 5, 2008. The arrests could be a blow to the theory that only Pakistan is to blame for the attacks.   (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
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(Newser) – Police arrested two Indian men accused of illegally buying mobile phone cards used by the gunmen in the Mumbai attacks, police said, marking the first known arrests since the bloody siege ended. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the two had prior knowledge of the attacks; if they did, the arrests could represent evidence of homegrown ties to the attacks, a blow to Indian officials who have blamed the massacre entirely on Pakistani extremists.

Tauseef Rahman allegedly bought SIM cards later used by the gunmen by providing fake documents; he sold the cards to Mukhtar Ahmed, police said. Both were charged with fraud and criminal conspiracy. Police said another Indian citizen who was arrested in February carrying hand-drawn sketches of hotels, the train terminal, and other sites that were later attacked was being brought to Mumbai for renewed questioning.