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Delhi cops catch IM terrorist in UP

Delhi cops catch IM terrorist in UP
Just days before an Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist was planning to go to Pakistan, he was caught for being allegedly involved in motivating youth to join the outfit. Identified as Shakeel, he was apprehended from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

According to the police, Shakeel was caught from near Maliha Bagh area in Lucknow by a team of Delhi Police’s Special Cell, who had been following the movements of IM modules for the last six months.

‘He is allegedly into brainwashing and motivating youth to join the terror outfit, IM, which is named in several serial blasts in the country,’ the official said.

Shakeel is believed to have befriended Yasin Bhatkal and Shahrukh, both wanted by Delhi Police, ever since their first meeting in 2004. Shakeel is also said to be a close relative of one Bashir, another suspected terrorist who was arrested by Delhi Police recently.

Sources said the investigating officers are now interrogating him to know if he is involved in any of the incidents that took place in India.

This is the fourth arrest of an IM member by Delhi Police this year. In November last year, Delhi Police had arrested six IM members from across the country.

On 26 March, police had arrested Assadullah Rehman alias Dilkash (20), an alleged aide of the outfit’s elusive chief operative Yasin Bhatkal, from north-east Delhi’s Karawal Nagar with one kg explosives and a detonator.

Dilkash, who hails from Darbhanga in Bihar, had allegedly escaped in November last year from the arms factory run by IM in west Delhi’s Nangloi before the police crackdown, during which a number of suspected terrorists were nabbed by police.

In April last year, the official said, on instructions from Bhatkal, he reached Delhi and was taken to the factory at Meer Vihar in Nangloi, which was later busted by police.

After the arrests of IM operatives on 1 November, Bhatkal directed him to leave the factory premises along with whatever explosives and other material he could lay his hands on.

In February, police arrested Mohammad Tarique Anjuman, one of the founder-members of IM from Patna and Talha Abdali alias Israr from Barabanki.

Israr had allegedly provided refuge to Yasin Bhatkal in November last year.

Abdali is considered an important ideologue of the Indian Mujahideen and his name has surfaced in 2008 and had been on run since then.

Anjuman was an active member of banned SIMI organisation since 1998 and later was one of the founder members of IM since 2003 along with Iqbal Bhatkal.

Anjuman is believed to be one of the ideologues who used to motivate youth to join the terror outfit and provide them arms training.
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