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Panajim: The son of a former Major-General of the Indian Army was on Wednesday arrested by the Anti-terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Goa police. The arrest came in the backdrop of an ISIS threat, after he was found loitering around suspiciously at Vasco railway station.
The man, identified as Sameer Sardana (46) hailing from Dehradun, is a Doon School alumnus and son of a former Major-General , reported a leading daily.
According to police, Sameer is a chartered accountant by profession, said report.
“He was interrogated by intelligence bureau officials. Anti-Terrorism Squad is also questioning him. We have not found anything related to terror at least till now,” Inspector General of Police, Sunil Garg said.
Police found five laptops in his possession and have sent them to cyber crime cell for examination. According to police, Sardana was living in a railway dormitory, 35 kms from here, since January 22 and has been extending his stay.
Speaking to the daily, Major General (retired) K N Sardana said, “There has been some major confusion. He has been falsely arrested and would be released soon as he has never been involved in any illegal activity.”
Goa Police are on alert after the letter purportedly written by ISIS, threatening to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, was received on January 13 by the state secretariat, which was handed over to the ATS.
Police had detained a Syrian, a Nigerian and a Yemeni last week for overstaying and they were probed from the terror angle.