Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Nephew was on cop radar for a year

Police suspect that Usmani radicalised his nephew Javed Khan (head covered)


Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: Afzal Usmani’s 19-year-old nephew Javed Khan allegedly played a key role in the terror suspect’s escape from Mumbai last month. The teenager, who was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) last week, had been on police radar for nearly a year, officers said.
    Javed is the son of Raziya and Noorullah Khan, who reside in Tatera village in Uttar Pradesh. Raziya is Usmani’s eldest sister. Javed came to Mumbai about 10 years ago and took admission in a local school. He stayed here with his maternal aunt and Usmani’s second sister, Safiya Khatoom.
    Apolice officer said: “Javed studied up to class XII. He did odd jobs and helped Usmani by meeting his lawyers and bringing him food on court dates.” The regular visits is what sparked police interest in him. “Javed met Usmani in Sabarmati and Taloja jails and in court,” said the officer. Usmani escaped from the Mumbai sessions court in September and was arrested from the Indo-Nepal border on Sunday.
    “During initial interrogation, Usmani spoke of his strong ties with Javed. According to Usmani, Javed helped him immensely in arranging money to escape,” said the officer. “Since Usmani had radicalised Javed and wanted to take him to Nepal, we are questioning him. We need to deradicalise him since he is young.”

The Times of India, October 29, 2013

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