A man deported from Saudi Arabia was arrested from Lucknow airport in a joint operation by the UP Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Telangana police on Tuesday night.
Police said the accused, Abdul Aziz, 54, was wanted in India in a fake passport case. He was presented in the district court on Wednesday and taken to Hyderabad on transit remand the same day.
IG (law and order) Bhagwan Swarup said, “Aziz was lodged in a prison in Saudi Arabia in a crime case. After completing an eight-year jail term, he was deported to India by the Saudi Arabian government. He was arrested from Lucknow’s Chaudhary Charan Singh airport soon after he landed there from Jeddah.”
A resident of Hyderabad, Aziz was influenced by some radical groups and had gone to Bosnia and Chechnya allegedly to join a terrorist group in early 1990. However, he returned to Hyderabad after a few months and was arrested in a fake passport case there.
An FIR under sections 120B, 153 A, 379, 420, 468 of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Arms Act, Explosive Act and Passport Act was registered against him at the local police station in 2001. However, Aziz jumped bail and escaped to Saudi Arabia in 2003, where he was arrested in a crime case and put behind bars.
The Saudi Arabian government deported him to India after his eight year jail term completed and he was arrested immediately after landing at the Lucknow airport, said the IG.Although Aziz is not wanted by the UP police, the ATS is investigating into his role in supplying fake passports to members of various terrorist outfits. Telangana police is also investigating into his links with terrorists groups active in India and abroad.