At least one Jamshedpur resident joined the terror group, Islamic State, and several others from Jharkhand received terror training in Pakistan, police said on Friday.
Officials said al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) chief recruiter Abdul Rahman Katki told interrogators he indoctrinated at least 24 people from Jharkhand – in Ranchi, Chatra, Lohardaga and Gumla – including six from Jamshedpur.
“They’ve admitted to indoctrinating several youths from Jharkhand and other states. It’s now not just beyond Jharkhand but also outside India,” Anoop T Matthew, Jamshedpur senior superintendent of police, told HT.
Katki identified a youth from the Jakirnagar locality named Arshiyan Ali to have joined the IS, sources said.
“Arshiyan has been in Syria for eight months while his brother Zeeshan Ali is in Saudi Arabia looking after AQIS finance. Katki has named Junul Khalifa Ehil as IS recruiter of Indian youths in Syria,” police officials quoted Katki as saying. Police said Katki confessed to having radicalized two dozen men from the state – mainly in Ranchi, Chatra, Lohardaga, Gumla – including six youths from Jamshedpur.
The SSP personally interrogated Katki and fellow AQIS terror suspect Abdul Sami along with teams of Jharkhand ATS and Intelligence Bureau (IB) for the last two days. Katki and Sami were sent to police remand for seven days on Wednesday after being brought to Jamshedpur from Delhi.
HT first reported on January 22 the link between the AQIS terror suspects -- Katki and Sami -- and Glasgow bomber Kafil Ahmed and his brother Dr Shabil Ahmed.
Top police officials said Katki has also confessed to the AQIS financial links to Saudi Arabia. The city police shared details of Katki’s confession with the National Investigating Agency (NIA), Delhi Police-Special Cell and other intelligence agency.
“We’re sharing the details with national intelligence and investigating agencies to verify the confessional statements,” Matthew told HT.
Katki was arrested on December 15 last year from a Cuttack madrassa where 70 boys from Jharkhand studied. Jamshedpur-based Sami was arrested from Mewat in Haryana on January 18 by Delhi Police.