A Delhi police team arrived in Jamshedpur on Monday, bringing with them suspected al-Qaeda operatives Abdul Sami and Abdul Rehman Katki and handing them over to their Jamshedpur counterparts.
Sami, who hails from Jamshedpur, was arrested from Mewat, Haryana, and Katki, his alleged mentor, was arrested from Odisha in December 2015. They are accused of recruiting youngsters from the steel city and indoctrinating them to wage war against India in the name of jihad.
An FIR was lodged against them in January after the Jamshedpur police arrested two suspected al-Qaeda sleeper cell members on the eve of Republic Day.
Ahmed Masood Akram Sheikh alias Masood alias Monu was arrested from Dhatkidih area while Nasim Akhtar alias Raju was nabbed from Road No 6, Zakirnagar, Old Purulia Road.
The police said during interrogation, Monu and Raju had spilled the beans about their modus operandi and said they were influenced by Katki and Sami to join the terror group.
A senior police officer not authorised to speak to media said Jamshedpur police had recently prayed in the court for the remand of Kakti and Sami, who were nabbed by the NIA and lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail.
During interrogation by the NIA, Sami and Katki had revealed that they used to frequent Jamshedpur and motivated youngsters at different strategic points, one of them being the Sakchi Jama Masjid. The two had travelled to Saudi Arabia several times where they met their mentors and senior leaders.
Sami had even gone to Pakistan for terrorist training. According to the police, Masood said he had one more operative in his cell who may have visited Pakistan but claimed to know him only by face.