Two 'Bangladeshis' among arrestees
Six people, including two “Bangladeshis”, were arrested in southern Indian city of Hyderabad yesterday for their alleged links with terror groups Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (Huji) and Indian Mujahideen (IM).
T Prabhakar Rao, joint commissioner of police (detective department) of Hyderabad, told reporters that the arrestees include Pakistani national Mohammad Nasir who had helped an IM operative, an accused in the 2013 Dilsukhnagar twin blasts in Hyderabad, flee India.
The other arrestees are “Bangladeshi” Faizal Mohammad and Joynal Abedin, Myanmar national Zia Ur Rahman, and local agents Sohail Parvez Khan and Masood Ali Khan, said the police official.
Lt Col Abul Kalam Azad, intelligence wing director of Rapid Action Battalion, could not immediately confirm whether Faizal and Joynal were Bangladeshis or they had any links to terror outfits.
According to Indian police, Nasir, while in Pakistan, came in contact with his distant relative Abdul Jabbar, a leader of HuJI, who indoctrinated the arrestee to accept terrorist ideology.
“Later, Nasir came to India through Bangladesh-India border in 2010 and stayed in different places of the country," the joint commissioner of Indian police said.
In Hyderabad, Nasir met the other arrestees. Nasir received illegal immigrants said to be from Bangladesh and Myanmar and provided them with shelter at the residence of Masood.
The arrestees also allegedly arranged Indian passports for the illegal immigrants by using fake ID cards.
According to the senior police official Rao, on the instructions of Abdul Jabbar, Nasir received one Ziaur Rahman alias Waqas, a Pakistani national, who is an accused in the Dilsukhnagar twin blasts, in West Bengal and helped him flee India after the blast.
Reacting to another query, Rao said right now Nasir is a trafficker and was arranging Indian passports for foreign nationals, for the purpose of employment.
"He [Nasir] claims so but we suspect something more than that...” he said.
Police claimed to have seized four Indian passports, one Bangladeshi passport, nine cell phones and around 100 fake ID proofs from the arrestees.