Terror suspect Muzammil, alias Ghazi Baba, who was arrested on April 20 from Jalandhar, is believed to have been in touch with some youngsters in Punjab and tried to rope them in for formation of a sleeper cell, say police.
A senior officer of the Uttar Pradesh anti-terrorism squad (ATS) said Ghazi Baba was in touch with a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) operative. “During interrogation, it has come to light that Ghazi Baba came in contact with JeM operative Sajid in 2012 through Facebook. By this time, he was influenced and radicalised by the pro-jihadi thought.”
“Later in 2015 when his father came to know that he has been influenced by pro-jihadi thought, his parents took him away from social media. But he again reappeared on the social media in November 2016,” the UP ATS officer said.
Ghazi Baba is among the four terror suspects arrested by UP ATS, the other three being Umar alias Nazim (arrested from Mumbai), Muftii alias Faizan (arrested from Bijnore) and Zaqwan alias Ehtesham (arrested from Bihar’s Narkatiyaganj).