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Grilled by FBI, Musa now one of the most high security prisoner in Bengal jail

ISIS operative Muhammed Masiuddin alias Musa has been kept in a cell, movement restricted and under round the clock watch.

kolkata Updated: Dec 15, 2016 11:02 IST
Ravik Bhattacharya
The 25-year-old ISIS terrorist, who is presently lodged in Alipore central jail was assigned to target foreigners and US nationals in India and behead them.
The 25-year-old ISIS terrorist, who is presently lodged in Alipore central jail was assigned to target foreigners and US nationals in India and behead them.(HT Photo)

After being quizzed by a team of FBI sleuths, Muhammed Masiuddin alias Musa has become one of the most high security prisoners in Bengal.

The 25-year-old ISIS terrorist, who is presently lodged in Alipore central jail, has his movement restricted and is under 24 hours surveillance.

On December 9, a seven-member team of FBI agents from US came down to Kolkata and for the next two days grilled Musa.

Thereafter, Bengal jail authorities did not want to take chances and beefed up security around Musa.

“We cannot take any risk. He was recently transferred from Presidency central jail to Alipore central jail, which was due to security reasons. In Alipore jail, he is kept in cell block meant for high security prisoners. His movement is restricted and is not being allowed to speak with fellow inmates. We are ensuring that he has minimum contact with other inmates,” said a senior officer of the state jail department.

Interestingly, Alipore central jail houses dreaded inmates like Aftab Ansari, mastermind of American Center attack, Maoists, Khagragore blast accused and gangsters.

Kept in a cell meant for high security inmates, Musa is under 24 hours surveillance both through CCTV cameras and sepoys put on guard round the clock.

“He is allowed to move out of his cell for a little time on request but our guards accompany him. Whatever is done is according to rules,” said a jail department officer.

Twenty-year-old Musa was arrested from Burdwan railway station by the CID on July 4 on charges of persuading youths to join ISIS.

Later, the probe was taken over by the NIA and the agency is currently probing his links with Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and also the Dhaka attacks.

NIA revealed that Musa had agreed to take on an assignment to target foreigners and US nationals in India and behead them. According to NIA, Musa was also to take video clips of the beheading ISIS style.

Earlier, in the month of August, a three-member team of Bangladesh’s security intelligence department had also come to Kolkata to interrogate Musa.