Thursday, October 3, 2013

Cops: Abu Faisal formed loot wing to fund terror

Abu Faisal



Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: Abu Faisal (35) alias Doctor, the suspected mastermind of Tuesday’s jailbreak in Madhya Pradesh, had motivated his group members to form a separate wing called ‘M a al-e-G a n e em a t’ within SIMI, a banned outfit, with the aim of looting non-believers to fund their activities, said the police.
    Faisal, who hails from the city, was arrested in June 2011 by the MP police along with his associates.
    The term Maal-e-Ganeem a thas a different meaning in Islamic history from the interpretation the terror suspects were giving to it in an attempt to mislead the youth. In the past, seized belongings of enemies defeated in battle would be called Maal-e-Ganeemat, which in most cases would be returned. In some cases, it was used to support poor Muslims.
    Faisal had reportedly revealed that Rs 2.5 crore gold looted in Bhopal in August 2010 and five bank robberies across MP were planned to collect funds for terror attacks. 
    “In 2009, Faisal’s group entered the Narmada rural bank with firearms and robbed it,” a police officer said. “Later, they targeted banks in Diwas and Itarsi. This group had also robbed 10 kg gold from a gold finance company.” 

    Though Faisal was never involved in any terror activities here in the state, he was in touch with Indian Mujahideen men before his arrest. One of Faisal’s associates, Aqueel Khilji, was shot down in an ATS encounter in March 2012 in Au
rangabad and four others were arrested.   Soon after Faisal’s escape, an ATS team was at his Juhu home to question his family, said an ATS source.
    “Faisal was part of a criminal conspiracy which was hatched in MP to open fire on BJP leader Pramod Tiwari in 2008,” the insider said. “He was also facing the charge of murder of an MP ATS constable, Sitaram Yadav. He actively participated in organizing terror camps for local youths in Indore, Baroda and Kerala after March 2008.”   Faisal had also admitted to having handed over Rs 4 lakh to a lawyer to defend former SIMI boss, Safdar Nagori.

The Times of India, October 3, 2013

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