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Pune doc held for links with terror outfit

india Updated: Jan 07, 2009 01:23 IST
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A 26-year-old doctor, Anwar Ali Bhagwaan alleged to be a member of the little-known terror outfit, Indian Mujahideen, was arrested in the city on Monday.

His arrest is the twenty-first of members the terror outfit, believed to be the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba’s Indian front.

The Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court has remanded Bhagwaan in police custody till January 16.

Bhagwaan had rented two apartments as a safe house for members of the Indian Mujahideen in Pune’s Kondwa area. The flat was rented out for Rs 9,000 a month after paying a deposit of Rs 30,000.

The police said that Bhagwaan, who did his MBBS from Pune in 2006, was indoctrinated by Indian Mujhahideen scout Asif Sheikh.

“Bhagwaan, like Peerbhoy, attended classes to learn Arabic, where Asif spotted him,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Rakesh Maria.

Bhagwaan left Pune for Hyderabad when the Mumbai Crime Branch arrested Indian Mujhahideen members, added Maria.