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Indian police arrest terror suspect extradited from Saudi Arabia

Publication Date : 23-10-2012

 

The Delhi Police yesterday police arrested Fasih Mahmood, an alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) member and a suspect in the Delhi and Bangalore bomb blasts, on his arrival to the country soon after his deportation from Saudi Arabia.  

Describing his arrest as “a very important catch”, Union home secretary R K Singh said that Saudi Arabia had never stated that Mahmood would not be deported. However, it took some time.    

Singh added that Fasih was a key facilitator for 13 Indian Mujahideen terrorists who were arrested from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and a few other places last year.

“India submitted material evidence against Mahmood to Saudi Arabia in order to press for his deportation. Fasih was deported after he had served a sentence,” added Singh.

The arrest has been made for his alleged involvement in the bomb blasts which had taken place in the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore and the shooting near Jama Masjid in Delhi in 2010, following which he had been wanted by both Delhi and Karnataka police.

“On May 13, 2012, he was reportedly arrested by the Saudi Arabia authorities from Al Jubal after which he was sent to a Saudi Arabia jail on June 26, 2012, for his suspected terror links,” said the police.

A senior police officer, on condition of anonymity, said Fasih was also involved in the group of five persons who had transformed the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), a student body, into the terrorist group Indian Mujahideen.

His other associates were Aamir, Tariq, Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhatkal, reportedly associated with IM and also reportedly responsible for forming SIMI almost a decade ago. He was allegedly in charge of generating funds in Saudi Arabia and part of the IM’s core team. He studied in Anjuman Engineering College in Karnataka’s Bhatkal.

“The first time we received information about him was during the interrogation of Gauhar Aziz Khomani, one of the six IM operatives arrested from Chennai’s Selaiyur in November 2011,” said the police officer. He added that Mohammad Tariq Anjuman Hasan helped trace Fasih. Thirty four-year-old Anjuman Hasan is a civil engineer from Bihar and key ideologue of the IM.

“Hasan, who was arrested from Bihar in February, disclosed that while pursuing engineering at a college in Bhatkal in Karnataka in early 2000, he, along with Fasih, met the Bhatkal brothers--Riyaz and Iqbal--he founding members and top commanders of the IM,” said police. The Bhatkal brothers were believed to be based in Karachi, Pakistan, said police.

On May 30, the Supreme Court had issued a notice to the Union government, ministries of home and external affairs responding to the petition of Fasih’s wife, Nikhat Parveen, who said her husband, who went missing from Saudi Arabia, should be brought before the court.

India had sought deportation of Fasih from Saudi Arabia and also got an Interpol Red Corner notice issued against him.

On July 9, Additional Solicitor General, Gourab Banarjee told the apex court that the Saudi authorities had already informed the Central Bureau of Investigation on June 26 that Fasih had been picked by them and he was under their detention.

A senior Delhi police officer said that Riyadh had fully cooperated with New Delhi in this regard.                         

 

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