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UK national living at Mira Road being probed for terror links

mumbai Updated: Oct 04, 2011 02:09 IST
Debasish Panigrahi
Debasish Panigrahi
Hindustan Times
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A British national of Indian origin living in Mira Road is presently being probed by the police for his 'suspicious movements' and prolonged stay in the country on a tourist visa. There are apprehensions that he could be a terror conduit like US national and LeT operative David Coleman Headley.

Sources in the Mumbai police told HT that Nasir Hussain, 38, who hails from Manchester in Britain, was picked up by the Unit 8 crime branch from his Mira Road residence three days ago following information about his suspicious movements and lifestyle. "Neighbours in the residential complex, near the Golden Nest area at Mira Road where Hussain lives, tipped off an informer about his unusual conduct. He was subsequently picked up for questioning," sources added.

During questioning, the police learnt that Hussain had been living in the Mira Road flat for three years. He had entered on a British passport soon after the November 26, 2008, terror attacks and has been living there ever since by extending his tourist visa.

Hussain told the police that during his stay, he had visited Nepal to renew his British passport. But, police have also found a Nepali passport in his possession. Investigations have revealed that he visited Karachi twice on his British passport during his stay in the city, sources said.

Sources said Hussain lives in the Mira Road flat with a bar dancer who he claims to have married a couple of years ago. As the crime branch sleuths grew suspicious about his behaviour and conduct, the Interpol was asked to check his antecedents. "The police was shocked to know that his brother had been arrested in Manchester in connection with a shootout incident and that he has suspected terror links," sources said.

According to sources, the neighbours grew suspicious seeing an apparently jobless Hussain living an upper middle class life with his family. "He would rarely venture out of his flat and was mostly hooked to computers at his residence. He (and his wife) seldom interacted with anybody and no one has seen any friends/relatives ever visiting the flat. The couple's behaviour was far from normal and hence residents decided to tip off the police," sources added.

Meanwhile, a senior crime branch official, who spoke requesting anonymity in view of the sensitivity of the investigation, said Hussain was being grilled for the third consecutive day on Monday. "He is gradually emerging as a potential suspect. We are probing his probable (terror) links," the official said adding that his Karachi trips are particularly being probed.