Monday, November 5, 2012

Buoyed by Saudi response, India seeks 4 more IM men

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: With the deportation of three alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives from SaudiArabia,theIndian authorities have now approached the Saudi government with a fresh request for four more persons, suspected to be hiding there.
    Sources in the security establishment did not disclose theidentity of thefour IMsuspects, citing security reason. However, they confirmed that one of the names is Fayyaz Kagzi, mentor of 26/11 terrorist Abu Jundal. Kagzi hails from Beed district in Maharashtra and has been on the radar of security agencies for the last couple of months.
    Indian intelligence agencies are coordinating with Al-Mabahith Al-Aammah, Saudi Arabia’s internal intelligence agency. Kagzi is an accused in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. His name cropped up during theinterrogation of two accused who were arrested last 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 had asked them to help him.
    In a list submitted to the UAE, the government has urged to deport Ubed Kola, an accused in Mumbai’s 13/7 triple bomb blast case. Kola is suspected to have played a vital rolein transferring hawala money from Dubai to India. “After Zabihuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal was deported in June this year, we were happy with the positive response received from the Saudi authorities. We managed to get two more IM suspects. Now, we have requested for four more persons. Wehopeto get them soon,” said a source in the security establishment. Jundal is facing at least seven terror-related cases in India.
    While many terror suspects are increasingly hiding in Saudi Arabia, a major section of the Muslims is angry with their strategy of using the holy soil as a hideout. “These suspects are visiting Gulf countries on the pretext of getting jobs or pretending to be pilgrims. The Saudi authorities should throw them out,” said an official.  Anti-social elements prefer hiding in Saudi as it is within Mecca limits andthere is no chance of being caught by anyone other than the Saudi police. “So the accused pretend to be pilgrims and try to take advantage of this rule,” said a source. Sources said that since the month of Haj is over, lakhs of pilgrims will now visit Saudi for Umrah. 

    Even the UAE has been deporting gangsters to India. Over the last nine years, the UAE has deported more than 23 gangsters to India.

The Times of India, November 5, 2012

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