Govt seeks probe report from France on Indian terror accused
India has sought a detailed investigation report from French authorities on terror accused Mohammad Niaz Abdul Rashid, a native of Tamil Nadu and allegedly an active member of banned organisation SIMI.delhi Updated: May 24, 2011 23:21 IST
India has sought a detailed investigation report from French authorities on terror accused Mohammad Niaz Abdul Rashid, a native of Tamil Nadu and allegedly an active member of banned organisation SIMI.
Officials privy to the development said the government was also considering seeking consular access to Rashid based on the probe details from that country.
They said central security agencies are closely in touch with their French counterparts over his interrogation and extending all possible cooperation.
Rashid was arrested by French Police along with six other suspected Islamic militants on May 10 and French authorities suspect that he was recruiting volunteers there for joining a Pakistan-based terrorist outfit.
Rashid holds an Indian passport and had visited India some time back. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu police is trying to find out Rashid's exact address in India as mentioned in its passport.
According to police, Rashid had obtained two passports from Tamil Nadu -- one from Tiruchi region, but were not sure from where he obtained the other one which was apparently fake.
They said he was an active member of the Jhun Jhunwala militant outfit based in Pakistan.
Officials said they were also verifying bank records here to ascertain if money had been transferred to anyone from Paris, where he had been living for long. They suspect Rashid could have got his Pakistan link either through some outfits in Kerala or Mumbai.
Contending that Rashid has been under the radar of Indian intelligence agencies too, Chidambaram had said the Mechanical Engineer had reportedly a "militant bent of mind" and had joined a SIMI-affiliated organisation at 21.
First Published: May 24, 2011 23:19 IST