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Search for kin of Glasgow suspect

india Updated: Jul 04, 2007 01:49 IST
BR Srikanth

The Karnataka police has launched a search for the kin of Dr Mohammed Hanif, the 27-year-old doctor held by Australian security agencies for his role in the terror plot in the United Kingdom.

Police officers set out to pursue the Hanif’s siblings at Mudigere town in Chikmagalur district as well as in the state capital, according to a senior police officer here.

"We are picking up information from his college in the state capital," the officer said.

Hanif's father, Shami Khaleel, was a teacher at the local Urdu school in Mudigere, but died in a road accident eight years ago. The family then moved to Bangalore and stayed in a one-bedroom place close to Dr BR Ambedkar Medical College, where Dr Hanif secured admission in 1997. "His neighbors (at Pillanna Garden, near the medical college) said his mother, younger brother Azhar Shoab and younger sister Subbayya stayed in that one-bedroom house (on the second floor) for three years at a rent of Rs 1,700 a month. They moved to a two-bedroom house later and then to a bigger house when Hanif got married," he said.

According to Dr S Sachidanand, Registrar (evaluation), Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Hanif was a student of Dr Ambedkar Medical College from 1997 to 2002.

"Our records show that he was born on September 29th, 1979, and studied in a college in Ujire before he qualified for a medical seat through CET," he said.

Hanif had been working at the Gold Coast Hospital in Southport since September 4, 2006, on a"457 temporary skilled worker" visa sponsored by the Queensland Health Department.

Dr Ramesh, Principal of Dr Ambedkar Medical College, said, "I remember him to be a fair, hardworking boy who secured a first class degree (in medicine)".