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Indian held in Houston is an introvert, say Malad neighbours

mumbai Updated: Aug 26, 2010 01:35 IST
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At Interface Heights, a residential tower on Link Road in Malad (West), security guards are hawk-eyed and closely quiz all strangers trying to get in. If the person does not have a good enough reason, entry is denied.

Society members have been on guard ever since they read about the arrest of Vijay Kumar (40), a resident of the building, at Houston’s George Bush International Airport on Tuesday. He was arrested for carrying a weapon, brass knuckles, a handgun manual, suspicious Islamic jehadi literature and a large amount of US currency. He was later let off.

“Kumar is a documentary filmmaker and has been living in a flat on the 12th floor of the building since the past six months,” revealed one of the security guards, refusing to be identified. “But for the past one month Kumar’s apartment has been locked.” “Some police officers visited the flat on Wednesday morning. They also questioned Kumar’s neighbours about him and told us to stop strangers from entering the premises,” the guard added.

The building was constructed around a year ago and all residents have moved in just recently, said another guard.

A resident of the building, requesting anonymity, said Kumar shared the flat with his wife and was an introvert. “I have not had any conversation with Kumar but I have seen him passing by,” the resident said.

“Kumar had left around a month ago and we thought he had gone out for business and that his wife has gone to stay with her parents,” said another resident. Kumar was initially detained for suspicious behaviour and arrested when a search of his luggage revealed jehadi literature and brass knuckles.

The Mumbai police’s crime branch is now conducting inquiries about when Kumar left for the US and his activities in the city. “We are collecting his passport details and the information he provided to the immigration authorities when he left. There is some confusion about some of the details so it’s taking time. But till now, we have not found anything suspicious,” said a crime branch officer.