UP ATS arrests eight persons for having links with Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent, JMB and Ansarul Islam
The accused have been identified as Luqman, Qari Mukhtar, Kamil and Mohammad Aleem of Saharanpur; Shahzad of Shamli; Nawazish Ansari of Jharkhand, Mudassir of Uttarakhand and Ali Noor, alias Jahangir Mandal, alias Inamul Haque of Bangladesh
The Uttar Pradesh Police Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) arrested eight persons for their alleged links with terror groups Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and the Ansarul Islam.
Theses arrests were carried out after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested three terror operatives in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal recently.
The accused have been identified as Luqman, Qari Mukhtar, Kamil and Mohammad Aleem of Saharanpur; Shahzad of Shamli; Nawazish Ansari of Jharkhand, Mudassir of Uttarakhand and Ali Noor, alias Jahangir Mandal, alias Inamul Haque of Bangladesh.
While Luqman was arrested last month, the other accused were taken in custody on October 5 and 6.
The ATS has seized cellphones, jihadi literature, pen drives and other items were recovered from them, it was claimed.
Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said the arrested persons were booked on various charges, including the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). T
The ATS had been receiving inputs on certain activities of terror groups Al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent or Al Qaeda Barr E Sagir and its affiliate organisation JMB were trying to expand their network in India.
In March this year, the NIA had arrested two Bangladesh nationals — Ahsan and Aqeel Ahmed Shaikh — and Mufkikar, alias Samid Ali Mia in August in a case lodged in Bhopal. The central agency is looking for their associate Abdullah Talha, alias Mufti Hussain.
All the arrested men are linked to each other besides the Bangladesh nationals arrested by the NIA, the ATS officials said.
The ATS stated that Luqman allegedly joined a terror organisation after Aleem introduced him to Bangladesh nationals Ahsan and Mufkikar. The accused were using Luqman’s madrasa in Saharanpur as their hideout. The absconding Abdullah Talha had stayed at his madrasa for around 11 months and was paid money as a madrasa teacher.
Shahzad had stayed in Bhopal with other accused Ahsan, Luqman and Qari Mukhtar, it was claimed. Shahzad was arrested last year by Shamli police for allegedly preparing a bomb.
Mudassir, who was arrested at the India-Nepal border in Bahraich’s Rupaidiha, is accused of making arrangements for stay of absconding Abdullah Talha and Ali Noor in Haridwar, the press release said. Talha allegedly gave Rs 80,000 to Mudassir for terror activities.
According to the ATS, Ali Noor who was arrested with Mudassir had earlier stayed with another alleged terror operative in Assam. He was then working as a teacher to hide his real identity. Abdullah had used Kamil’s bank account to receive Rs 2.50 lakh for terror funding. Aleem had introduced Luqman, Shahzad and Qari Mukhtar to Ahsan, a Bangladesh national. Nawazish Ansari was introduced to other accused by Aqeel Ahmed Sheikh.
Qari Mukhtar was an associate of Ahsan, Mufkikar, Luqman, Aleem and Shahzad, officials further said.