SEARCH ON FOR JUNDAL’S MENTOR
Mumbai: With the deportation of suspected Indian Mujahideen operative Fasih Mehmood to India, security agencies are now closely monitoring the movements of another key IM member, Fayyaz Kagzi. Sources in the security establishment say the Saudi government does not want any nuisance on its soil and hence is deporting all the suspects involved in criminal cases.
Mehmood (28), an engineer by profession, was detained by the Al-Mabahith Al-Aammah,
Saudi Arabia’s internal intelligence agency, five months ago and was deported to India on October 22. “Many IM operatives seek shelter in Gulf countries on the pretext of going on a pilgrimage. Once they get there, though, they go into hiding and it becomes difficult to trace them. However, the Saudi government is cracking down on such persons now. The country does not want any trouble on its soil and hence is ousting all suspects,” said a senior police officer.
In June, the Saudi government deported LeT confidant and 26/11 plotter Zabihuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal. Anti-social elements prefer hiding in Saudi since it is within Mecca limits and there is no chance of being caught by any one other than the Saudi police there. “So the accused pretend to be pilgrims and try to take advantage of this rule. However, a wanted person cannot dodge the Saudi police within these limits,” said a source.
Sources say after Mehmood’s deportation, Indian security agencies, with the help of the Saudi police, are monitoring the movements of another suspect, who the police believe could be Beed resident Fayyaz Kagzi, an accused in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. Kagzi’s name cropped up during the interrogation of two accused arrested this month for their alleged role in the August 1 serial bomb blasts in Pune. The two accused had told Delhi police’s special cell that they went to meet Kagzi in Saudi Arabia in 2010 and he asked them to help him.
Police records mention that Kagzi was Jundal’s mentor. “It was Kagzi who introduced Jundal to banned outfit SIMI’s main members. In 2010, Jundal was in touch with Kagzi, but the latter has disappeared,” said sources.
The Times of India, October 23, 2012