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Jamshedpur Police get remand of al Qaida suspects, to bring them to city

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Jamshedpur, April 25: Abdul Sami (32) and Abdul Rahman alias Katki (37), who were lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar Central Jail, are being brought to the steel city.

Both Sami and Katki are suspected al Qaida operatives and were arrested from Haryana and Cuttack respectively by Delhi Police in December last. The two suspects are expected to arrive here tonight.

DSP (Police Control Room) J Karketta confirmed about the remand of Sami and Katki to the Jamshedpur police. The police will interrogate Sami, Katki and another al Qaida suspect, Masud Ahmed, now lodged in the Ghaghidih Jail about their network in the steel city.

Abdul Sami was arrested from Haryana’s Mewat district by Delhi Police for suspected links with al Qaeda. Sami was arrested by Delhi Police’s special cell from Nuh town in Mewat.

He was brought in New Delhi and produced before a court, which remanded him to police custody till February 1, Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep said.

Sami, a native of Jamshedpur, is alleged to be a key operative of al Qaeda’s module in the Indian sub-continent (AQIS).

The sequence arrest of these suspected al-Qaida operatives from the city began after the arrest of the Cuttack-based cleric Katki by a joint team of Delhi Police and Odisha Police in December. Following Katkiís arrest and the subsequent interrogations, Sami who is a resident of Dhatkidih in Bistupur area here was arrested by the Delhi Police from Haryana on January 16.

After the interrogation of Sami, a two-member team from Delhi Police arrived at the steel city and investigated Samiís background.

Following the investigation, Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) Jharkhand took up the charge of the probe and nabbed Masood, also a resident of Dhatkidih, and one Nasim Akhtar from Azadnagar in Mango on January 22.

They had also nabbed one Mohammed Billal (26), but released him later after finding him innocent. The police arrested both Masood and Nasim on January 25 for their alleged involvement with al-Qaida and supplying fire-arms to the al-Qaida operatives respectively.

Notably, Samiís interrogation had led to the arrest of two more operatives Ė Ahmed Masood Akram Sheikh alias Masood and Raju alias Naseem Akhter Ė on January 25 from Dhatkidih and Mango, respectively. Masood had joined Al-Qaeda in 2003, while Akhter joined the terror organization some time later.

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