After Bangla operative’s arrest from Uttar Pradesh, ATS hunts for key figure Faizan
“Faizan is the key person and his arrest may help the security agencies explore a wider terror network in India.”lucknow Updated: Aug 09, 2017 15:22 IST
The arrest of a suspected Bangladeshi terrorist Abdullah Al Mammun, who was associated with the banned Ansarullah Bangla Team, would help expose a wider terror network being spread in UP and other parts of the country by Faizan, an alleged key operative of the terror group, a senior police official said.
“Faizan is the key person and his arrest may help the security agencies explore a wider terror network in the country,” said Asim Arun, inspector general (IG), UP Anti Terror Squad (ATS).
He said Faizan was in regular touch with Abdullah and prepared fake identity proofs of multiple illegal Bangladesh immigrants who approached him since 2011. Many of them are suspected to be associated with the terror group.
Arun said Faizan disappeared from his Saharanpur (Deoband) house before the arrest of Abdullah on Sunday but the ATS team found literature of the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) there. He said since the literature was in Bengali, the ATS team was now getting it translated to understand the details. Moreover, many diaries and other documents were recovered from Faizan’s house, he said.
The IG said the ATS team questioned Abdullah who revealed some information but he needed to be quizzed further to track down Faizan.
He said Abdullah will be quizzed about Faizan’s whereabouts. Special chief judicial magistrate (Custom) Chavvi Asthana remanded Abdullah in five-day police custody on Tuesday.
Arun said Abdullah so far had revealed that Faizan used to spend several hours on his two laptops that he took with him before leaving his house. “Abdullah and Faizan were being tracked down by ATS teams separately. It was only after Faizan’s disappearance that we came to know that they were linked with each other,” he said.
Earlier, Abdullah was arrested from the Kuteshara area of Muzaffarnagar district in western Uttar Pradesh on August 5 night.
He was alleged to be associated with the banned Ansarullah Bangla Team, an Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic extremist group in Bangladesh.
The ATS team arrested Abdullah from a place of worship in Charthwal, where he is said to have been working as a preacher. The sleuths recovered 13 fake identity cards, a passport prepared on a fake identity proof, and seals of village pradhan, tehsildar, election officer and village development officer from his possession.
Abdullah was a resident of Momin Shahi district in Bangladesh. He had, however, told the locals that he belonged to Assam and had got a local agent to make a fake Aadhaar card and passport for him. Before moving to Muzaffarnagar, Abdullah had been living in the Ambehat Sheikh area of Deoband in Saharanpur since 2011.