The Hyderabad City Police have disrupted a Lashkar-e-Taiba plot to bomb the Hyderabad offices of multinational Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, one of the top four largest auditors in the world.
Hyderabad resident Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq, held over the weekend in the course of a National Investigation Agency-led operation, was planning to attack Deloitte’s Hi-Tech City offices using grenades supplied by the Lashkar.
Police believe Zia-ul-Haq, who worked as driver with a taxi firm contracted to Deloitte, carried out extensive reconnaissance at the facility.
Investigators say Zia-ul-Haq planned the attacks with top Lashkar commander Mohammad Rehan, who is believed to have responsibility for the jihadist group’s south Indian networks. It is believed that the Lashkar hoped that the attack on Deloitte’s offices would undermine international business confidence in India.