Suspected Al Qaeda terrorist Abdul Sami arrested by Delhi Police s Special Cell from Nuh town in Mewat before being produced at a court in New Delhi on Monday – PTI
NEW DELHI: A 32-year-old electrician has been arrested by Delhi Police anti-terror unit — Special Cell — for his alleged links with Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) module that was busted in December 2015. This is the fifth arrest of a suspected AQIS militant in India by the Delhi Police in the last one month.
Police said the arrested AQIS militant, identified as Abdul Sami, a native of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, had undergone year-long training at Lashkar-e-Toiba’s training camps in Mansehra in Pakistan. Sami was arrested on Monday morning from Nuh in Haryana’s Mewat region following a raid conducted by the Special Cell. He was brought to Delhi and produced before a city court that sent him to police custody till February 1.
The other four suspected AQIS operatives included the terror outfit’s India chief Mohammad Asif, a madrassa teacher Abdur Rehman, a fund raiser-cum-recruiter Zafar Masood and the former Imam of Bengaluru’s Masjid-e-Noorani Maulana Syed Anzar Shah. The five arrests were made from Delhi, Cuttack, Bengaluru, Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh, and Mewat in Haryana.
A senior investigating officer said Sami was working under Abdur Rehman, the cleric who was arrested on December 15, 2015, from his madrassa in Cuttack, immediately after Asif’s arrest in Delhi’s Seelampur. A preliminary interrogation of Sami revealed that he has been associated with Abdur Rehman since 2001.
“Sami had disclosed that he was radicalised by Rehman after he met him at a religious ceremony where Rehman had delivered provocative speeches to motivate Muslim youth towards jihad. Sami was only 16 years old when he was indoctrinated by Rehman,” said the officer, adding Sami’s name surfaced during Rehman’s interrogation.
Sami, the officer said, is the second suspected AQIS militant belonging to Jamshedpur who has been indoctrinated by Rehman. The other Jamshedpur resident, Abdul Sattar, has already been sent to al-Qaeda’s training camps located on the bordering areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.