Karachi-based Mohammed Fahad, one of two Pakistan-trained terrorists arrested in Mysore today, had come to India on a regular 45-day visa on the pretext of meeting his Malayali grandparents.
The parents of Fahad, who was trained by the Pakistan-based Al-Badr terrorist outfit, had migrated to Karachi in 1971.
After joining the terrorist ranks, he was used by the ISI for its operations of targeting important installations in the Indian hinterland, especially in the southern part of the country, official sources said.
Fahad, having a fair knowledge of Malayali, had got his visa stamped for Karnataka and Kolkata and arrived at the Mumbai international airport in February this year.
He came into the net of security agencies after he was spotted at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, after which surveillance was tightened on him, they said.
A Master of Science in analytical chemistry, Fahad had sent Rs 13 lakh through normal banking channels to Al-Badr terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, they said.
His role in terrorist activities was further substantiated by Al-Badr member Samir Ahmed Bhat, who was arrested in Pulwama district and to whom Fahad had handed over Rs three lakh.
During his stay in the country, Fahad had applied for an Indian passport, ration card and other documents to back his claim of being an Indian.
Mohammed Ali Hussain alias Qassim, the other terrorist nabbed with Fahad, had come into India through Leepa Valley in north Kashmir and had been staying in the Nishat area of Kashmir before moving to Mysore, the sources said.
He is wanted by Jammu and Kashmir Police in connection with several cases.