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Bengal Police, Special Branch interrogate Al Qaeda link Masood

Jamshedpur, Feb. 5: A team from West Bengal Police�s Special Branch has arrived in the steel city to interrogate Al Qaeda links Ahmed Masood and others, who were arrested from different areas of Jamshedpur last month.

Suspected Al Qaeda terrorist Abdul Sami, a resident of Dhatkidih in Jamshedpur, was arrested in Haryana a month back.

Acting on his statement, the East Singhbhum district police arrested Ahmed Masood alias Masood alias Monu from Razzak Colony, Dhatkidih, while Nasim Akhtar alias Raju was nabbed from Road No 6, Zakirnagar, Old Purulia Road, on January 25. A day later they were sent to jail.

During interrogation by Bengal Police on Thursday, Ahmed Masood informed that several youths from Bengal are in contact with Abdul Rehman Katki, who had been arrested by the Delhi Police from Cuttack in December last.

Acting on this information, a team from West Bengal Police Special Branch questioned Masood for three and half hours at the Bistupur police station on Friday where he provided information regarding the youths in contact with Katki and other clues. According to sources, Masood has agreed to tell the secrets before maturity of his remand period, raising hopes that police will get some significant clue.

He told the police that he had first met Rehman, a frequent visitor to Jamshedpur, at the Jama Masjid at Sakchi in 2003 and was influenced by him to join the terrorist organization. Masood had visited Saudi Arab in 2011 and met Sami on his return and convinced him (Sami) to join the group. He also played a crucial role in sending Sami to Pakistan for terrorist training, Mathew said.

East Singhbhum Senior SP Anoop T Mathew said that Jamshedpur Police will soon take Abdul Rehman Katki in remand and would question him.

�Katki had several times travelled to Jamshedpur which makes it clear that Jamshedpur has become the centre of Al Qaeda�s network,� SSP added.

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