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2 Indian doctors held in UK terror investigation

Both hail from Bangalore and worked together earlier at Halton Hospital in Cheshire, North West England, report Vijay Dutt & BR Srikanth.

world Updated: Jul 07, 2007 01:19 IST
Vijay Dutt and BR Srikanth

There were at least two Indians among the eight people arrested till Tuesday evening in connection with the recent failed terror strikes in London and Glasgow, British police said.

One of them, Mohammed Hanif, was taken into custody at Brisbane airport, Australia, on Tuesday morning at the request of Scotland Yard as he was about to board a flight. The other Indian, as yet unidentified, was arrested from Liverpool. No charges have been filed yet.

All the eight picked up so far — some of whom hail from Iraq and Jordan — have links with Britain’s National Health Service. Seven of them are doctors while the eighth, a woman, is a former medical laboratory technician.

Both the Indians are doctors, of the same age — 26. Both hail from Bangalore. Both worked together earlier at Halton Hospital in Cheshire, a spokesman of the hospital confirmed.

Hanif had been working as registrar at Gold Coast Hospital in Southport, Queensland, since September 2006. He shifted to Australia from Liverpool where he earlier worked.

Hanif is the son of a school teacher from Mudigere, Kanataka, who died in a road accident years ago. The family shifted to Bangalore, where Hanif graduated from BR Ambedkar Medical College, before leaving for the UK.

The other, unidentified Indian was picked up from his residence. He was surrounded by the police and subdued with a stun gun, police sources said.

Yet another doctor, also believed to be Indian, who had also worked in Liverpool, was being questioned by Australian police.

Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta said: "It is a British investigation. We will extend our full cooperation."

(With agency inputs)