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ATS team looking for Al Qaida operative in city, detains two aides

Jamshedpur, May 5 : A team of anti-terrorist squad (ATS), Jharkhand is in Steel City to nail down missing suspected al Qaida operative identified as Mohammed Kalim.

The police suspected that Kalim has links with the terror group. The ATS team took two persons in custody for their suspected association with the Al Qaida operative. They are interrogating the two to get further lead into the case.

The suspected person used to run a Madrassaat Azadnagar Road No. 14 in Mango. The three-member team that reached on Thursday went to various places in Mango and gathered information about whereabouts of Kalim on Friday.

Kalim is said to be to be associates of al-Qaida suspects, Abdul Sami and Abdul Rahman alias Katki , who are presently lodged at the Tihar Jail and were nabbed by police in 2015 at New Delhi.

A police official on the condition of anonymity said that the team is here in connection with investigation into the al-Qaida network in the city and also in other cities across the state as well as in the neighboring states.

“Yes a team of ATS is in the city gathering inputs. Kalim who ran a religious school in Mango has
suspected al-Qaida operative link with about a dozen other youths living in cities in Jharkhand also in West Bengal and Odisha. He has gone mysteriously missing and ATS is here to nail him down, said an official.

Notably, the al Qaida’s Jamshedpur link was established after a team of Delhi police had arrested Katki from Cuttack in Odisha in December 2015. On the revelation made by Katki, the Delhi police arrested Sami from a place in Haryana on December 18 for link with al Qaida.

In 2016, the home department had asked to hand over the probe into the case related to the suspected al-Qaida operatives to ATS Jharkhand.

During interrogation, Katki had confessed to have started spreading the network for al Qaida in six states including Jharkhand, Odisha, Bengal, Bihar by selecting candidates for going on the radical path and even giving them training at his Madarsa in Cuttack.

The police officer pointed out that the ATS is trying to find out the number of people, especially the youngsters whom he had enticed to join the terror group.

According to the police officer, Katki has so far given radical teachings to as many as 20 youths and most of them are from Jharkhand.

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