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Released from Dhaka in April, suspected militant gets arrested in Delhi

  • Published at 10:39 am September 20th, 2017
  • Last updated at 05:01 am September 22nd, 2017
Released from Dhaka in April, suspected militant gets arrested in Delhi
Indian police have arrested suspected al-Qaeda key recruiter from Delhi. Samiun Rahman, British national of Bangladesh origin, Samiun Rahman was arrested from Vikas Marg in east Delhi on Sunday, reports the Times of India. According to the report, Samiun was allegedly setting up bases in Delhi, Mizoram and Manipur to radicalise and recruit young Muslims to wage a war against India and Myanmar. Deputy Commissioner Pramod Kushwah of Special Cell, Delhi police said: “He was setting up a base in Delhi and two northeastern states and preparing the recruits to carry out strikes in India and fight the Myanmar army. “He was being assisted by al-Qaeda cadre in Delhi, Hazaribagh and other places in India, who are being identified." He said Samiun was carrying a voter ID card in the name of Shumon Haq, a resident of Kishanganj, Bihar. "We have recovered $2,000, a laptop, a 9mm pistol and magazines, apart from Indian and Bangladeshi SIM cards,” Pramod said, adding that Samiun had also been to Morocco, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and Turkey. The deputy commissioner said the suspected militant has been taken on remand for interrogation. Police described Samiun as a battle-hardened mujahideen who had fought for al-Qaeda's al-Nusra front in Aleppo, Syria, before being sent to Bangladesh as a recruiter. Samiun was earlier arrested in Bangladesh on charges of terror financing and was released in April. Later, al-Nusra Commander Mohammad Jowlani assigned him the job of recruiting Rohingya refugees from India. Quoting the police, the Times of India report said Samiun was in touch with top al-Qaeda and al-Nusra commanders through messaging app called "protective text". The arrestee told the interrogators that he had tapped around 12 Rohingya refugees living in Kashmir, Northeast Delhi, Bihar, and Hazaribagh of Jharkhand, the report added. The accused tried to mislead the police by claiming to be Shumon Haq but his antecedents were then confirmed with Bangladesh Police. During interrogation, he revealed that he crossed into to India in July and his task was to raise funds and incite youths to fight for the cause of Rohingya Muslims and facilitate their entry into Myanmar from northeastern states. Samiun told the interrogators that he had stayed at various madrassas in Kishanganj, Hazaribagh and Delhi/NCR and also confessed about contacting with his outfit members via secured apps as well as social networking sites such as Facebook, Whatsapp and Telegram. Officials said the Special Cell was tracking Samiun for the last two months. The tip-off was on one "Raju bhai" from al-Qaeda who was recruiting people and trying to set up a base in Delhi to carry out terror strikes in India. Last month, cops found that Samiun had crossed over from Bangladesh and rented a house in Kishanganj. A few weeks ago, cops found that the suspect had come to Delhi/NCR. Deputy Commissioner Pramod said a case had filed against the arrestee under sections of the Indian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 2008 and Arms Act.