Two al-Qaeda terror suspects held

| | New Delhi

Ahead of Independence Day, two men with suspected links to al-Qaeda were arrested in the national Capital in two separate cases.

In the first case, the Delhi Police's Special Cell arrested Syed Mohammed Zishan Ali at the IGI Airport on Wednesday, suspected to be linked to the terror outfit. He was arrested after being brought back from Saudi Arabia.

Police were on the lookout for him for over a year, ever since three alleged AQIS (al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent) operatives were arrested in 2015.

Syed Mohammed Zishan (29) is alleged to be a part of the Al-Qaeda of the Indian Sub-continent (AQIS).

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, Pramod Singh Kushwah said Zishan (29) and his brother-in-law Sabeel Ahmed is the blood brother of Kafil Ahmed, who died in suicide attack at Glasgow Airport in Scotland in 2007 and Sabeel Ahmed was also arrested in this attack in United Kingdom.

"On August 9, we got information that Syed Mohd Zishan Ali along with about 30 people of Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan etc has been deported from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia due to violation of visa. Accordingly, he was apprehended from the IGI Airport," said the DCP.

The arrest is a major achievement of security agencies working tirelessly to safeguard the nation against dreaded international terrorist organisations like Al-Qaeda.

"His arrest and continuing interrogations are likely to provide crucial leads about his other associates and also about the infiltration and expanse of the AQIS in India and the neighboring countries. Further investigation in the matter is on," said the police officer.

Ali, deported to India from Saudi Arabia on Wednesday evening, was sent to police custody for two weeks in a case of alleged conspiracy, making provocative speeches to recruit Indian youths and establishing a base for the terror outfit.

Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Singh remanded the accused in custody for a fortnight after the special cell of the Delhi Police said he was required for interrogation.

Ali's name, along with that of 11 others, was disclosed by Syed Anzar Shah and four others — Mohd Asif, Zafar Masood, Mohd Abdul Rehman and Abdul Sami — arrested in the case earlier.

The probe agency sought his 20-day custody saying he was required to be taken to various places as part of the probe. The plea was, however, opposed by advocate MS Khan, appearing for the accused.

In the second case, 25-year-old Raja-ul-Ahmed, with links to al-Qaeda, was detained last week by the Delhi Police following a tip-off from the West Bengal Police.

A senior police officer from the Delhi Police said that Ahmed was held last week. He did not divulge details about the date or the place of arrest.

"After arresting the alleged terrorist, we took him to West Bengal on transit remand," said the police officer. Ahmed is a suspected member of Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), that is an al-Qaeda-inspired group in Bangladesh.



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