Man with Al-Qaeda links held before I-Day
Days before of Independence Day, two men with suspected links to Al-Qaeda were arrested in two separate cases, the police said on Thursday.
In a major breakthrough for the Intelligence agencies, suspected Al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) fugitive, Syed Mohammed Zishan Ali was brought back from Saudi Arabia. Zishan, who has been allegedly operating out of Saudi Arabia has been on the radar of Special Cell, the anti-terror unit of Delhi Police since long and his arrest will likely to provide crucial leads about his other associates and also about the infiltration and expanse of AQIS in India.
Zishan was arrested when he was deported for violation of Visa along with 30 others from Jeddah from the IGI Airport on Auguist 9.
The deployed sources had reported intriguing movements of some people out of India towards West Asian countries. The persistent efforts led to credible information being received about Mohd Asif, reported to be a senior AQIS functionary, that he was expected to visit a contact in Delhi.
Accordingly on December 14, 2015, accused Mohd Asif, a resident of Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested. He revealed about his association with AQIS as being one of its founding members and being the Indian head of its motivation, recruitment and training wing.
During further investigation, four more cadres of this outfit namely Abdur Rehman, Abdul Sami, Syed Anzar Shah and Jaffar Masood were arrested.
"Rehman told that Zishan Ali is operating for AQIS from Saudi Arab along with his brother Syed Mohammad Arshiyan and brother in law Sabeel Ahmed," said PS Kushwah, DCP (Special Cell).
In the second case, 25-year-old Raja-ul-Ahmed, with links to Al-Qaeda, was arrested on August 1 following a tip-off from the West Bengal Police. He was wanted in a case of Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) by the West Bengal Police, who alerted their counterparts here about his place of hiding, an officer said. Ahmed is a suspected member of Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), that is an al-Qaeda-inspired group in Bangladesh.