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Bangladesh police arrest Dawood aide to probe terror links

A close aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim was on Wednesday arrested after he completed a five-year jail term in Bangladesh and was sent to police custody for questioning over possible terror links.  

Abdul Rauf alias Daud Merchant, who was convicted of killing music baron Gulshan Kumar in 1997, was remanded to police custody for three days by a court here. Merchant, 44, was re-arrested by police here after serving five years for illegally entering Bangladesh in May 2009.     

Metropolitan Magistrate M Nuru Mia placed Merchant on a three-day remand, court officials said. The police had sought his seven-day remand. Police said he was to be interrogated to find out if he had any links to militants.     

Merchant was earlier handed down life imprisonment for the murder of Kumar. But he fled India while on a parole to visit his family in Mumbai.           

In May 2009, he was arrested again by Bangladesh Police from central Brahmanbaria district on a tip-off.           


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