Last updateTue, 17 Mar 2015 2pm

#AntiTerror: Indian bank worker arrested in Met anti-terror raid

An Indian woman from East London has been arrested as part of an on-going anti-terrorism operation by the Metropolitan Police, according to reports.

Kuntal Patel, a Barclays Bank worker, was detained during a raid on a Stratford property reportedly owned by her mother Meena Patel.

The elder Mrs Patel is believed to be a London magistrate.

A Metropolitan Police statement said Kuntal was arrested on suspicion of an offence under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 and remains in custody. 

A local councillor, Ron Manley, who has known the Patels told the Daily Mail that they were an "upstanding family".
"Meena is a magistrate and used to work for a local authority, Kuntal works in the City and her younger daughter Poonam is a pharmacist. 

They are a Hindu family and I've known the two girls since they were at primary school.  They have always been very polite, very nice girls," he told.

Kuntal is believed to have been taken into custody on Sunday and continues to be questioned.  Reports say that police have begun a hunt for "toxic chemicals" at the Patel's property after receiving "specific" intelligence.

This evening the backyard of the detached property was lit up with spot lights as forensics officers searched the property.

The police raid was part of a wider operation that had led to the arrest of the son of a Foreign Office diplomat. 



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