Jamshedpur, May 4: The police sent suspected al Qaida operatives Abdul Sami and Abdul Rahman Katki back to Ghaghidih Central Jail this morning after their seven days police remand ended on Wednesday.
Sources informed they will not be taken back to Tihar Central Jail in Delhi until the duo was not interrogated by a team of anti-terrorist squad (ATS), Jharkhand.
Senior superintendent of police, Anoop T Mathew said that the home department has asked to hand over the probe into the case related to the suspected al-Qaida operatives to ATS Jharkhand.
“We have decided to hand over the investigation into the case related to the al Qaida suspects to the ATS, Jharkhand today. The ATS team will take Sami and Katki into a fresh police remand if the probe team feels so,” said Mathew.
The district police had till Tuesday interrogated Sami and Katki, along with Masood Ahmed and Nasim Akhtar about their activities in the steel city and other places in the region.
Another suspected al Qaida operative Masood and an alleged arms supplier Nasim, who were also on two-day police remand from Monday will be returned to the Ghaghidih Central Jail tomorrow.
According to a senior police officer, Katki (37) has answered clearly to the queries made by the police team which kept on interrogating him along with associate Sami during the past seven days.
“We can reveal the details but Katki has 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,” said the police officer.
Speaking on condition of anonymity the officer quoted Katki as saying that had he not been caught by Delhi Police in December last, then he would have been able to enticed innumerable youths from these states for joining the al Qaida.
Katki has divulged about the radicalized youths at Channo in Ranchi, Charhi in Hazaribag and also in Chatra districts.
The police have been able to find out that after Katki was arrested in December last, Sami was handling the work of Katki and organising the religious trip to places across the country.
Meanwhile, a group of ATS, Jharkhand led by deputy superintendent of police Anand Minz has already arrived at the steel city on Tuesday evening, but the probe will begin only after some senior officer of the ATS will arrive here in the next couple of days.