B’lore police take 3 Kerala terror men for questioning

via PNS | Kannur published on January 28, 2009

A police team from
Bangalore on Wednesday took three persons arrested for terror
operations allegedly on behalf of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba for interrogations
in the Karnataka capital in connection with the bomb blasts there. The
persons taken to Bangalore were NDF activist Abdul Jaleel, Muhamad
Faizal, a terror recruiter, and Mujeeb a coordinator of terror
operations. All were lodged in the Central prison in Kannur after their
arrested on different days.

The Bangalore Police had sought the
Kerala Police’s help for getting them in custody following the
revelation that the trio had links with the serial blasts in the Garden
City. The information about their links with the blasts was revealed by
Abdul Sattar alias Sainudden, who was arrested in Hyderabad last week,
to the police. The Bangalore Police have registered cases against them
on about ten charges including those of murder and attempt to murder.

The
three terror operatives were taken to Bangalore after the Police
Commissioner there had earned special sanction for the purpose from the
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Thalassery. The police team from
Bangalore, who took away the terror operatives, comprised two assistant
commissioners and four sub-inspectors.

The court had given the
three men in custody of the Bangalore police for four days’
interrogation. They would be returned to the prison in Kannur on
February 2. Abdul Jaleel of Kottoor, Edakkad, Kannur was the first
accused in the chargesheet the anti-terror squad of the Kerala Poliuce
had submitted in the court last week.

Abdul Jaleel (28), who
lived by a job in building painting, was taken into custody by the
anti-terror squad from his house after it was established that he had
been speaking to four Malayalee terrorist till October 5 last. These
four terrorists were killed by the security forces in two separate
encounters in Lolab Valley, Kupwara sector, Jammu and Kashmir on
October 7 and 11, while trying to sneak into Pakistan.

Jaleel,
who was an activist of Islamist organisation NDF, had stopped talking
to the terrorists on October 5, and had changed the SIM card of his
mobile phone. He was arrested on October 19, after detailed questioning
in custody. Jaleel was the first person to be arrested by the
anti-terror squad in relation with the growing terror network sponsored
by the LeT in Kerala with connections to Hyderabad and Kashmir.

Jaleel’s
arrest had led to the nabbing of Mohammad Faizal (32) of
Chandrantavide, Andathode, Uruvachal, Kannur. Faizal was one of the
field recruiters of the Lashkar in Kerala with the charge of reaching
the recruits to the terror training camps in Hyderabad. The mother of
Muhammad Faiz of Kannur, one of the four terrorists killed in Kannur,
had identified Faizal as the man who had taken her son away on
September 10 last promising to get a job for him in Bangalore.

The
other three Malayalee terrorists killed by security forces in Kashmir
were Muhammad Fayaz of Kannur, Abdul Raheem of Chettippadi,
Parappanagadi, Malappuram and Muhammad Yasin alias Varghese Thomas of
Chakkarapparambu, Kochi. The hunt for terror elements in Kerala by the
anti-terror squad had started with the information passed by the Jammur
and Kashmir Police about these terrorists. A fifth extremist, Abdul
Jabbar, had escaped the security forces’ action with injuries, and he
was arrested in Hyderabad last month.

Mujeeb (28) of
Mouvanchery, Chakkarakkallu, Kannur, was taken into custody by the
police on October 28 from his wife’s house in Ochira, Kollam district.
From his intense interrogation, the police found out that before
beginning operations in Kerala on behalf of the LeT, he had received a
40-day specialist training at the terrorist camp in Hyderabad. It was
Mujeeb himself who had recruited Muhammad Faizal.

On January 21,
Deputy Superintendent of Police VK Akbar, who held the charge of the
anti-terrorist squad probe into the extremist network in Kerala,
submitted the chargesheet in the case before the Additional Chief
Judicial Magistrate, Thalassery against 22 accused. They included the
13 arrested, four Malayalee extremists killed in encounters in Kashmir
in early October and five absconders.

The chargesheet had
leveled crimes under 12 sections of the law against the accused which
included those concerning terrorist activities, sabotage, anti-national
operations, conspiracy, forgery, operations against the unity and
integrity of the country as well as secularism.

The absconders
included Nazeer of Neerchal, Kannur, Ibrahim Moulvi of Vellamunda,
Wayanad, both of whom were supposed to be the top recruiters of
operatives from Kerala, Sajir alias Ayub, who with his direct
connections with Lashkar-e-Tayyeba was said to be the chief coordinator
of the top-level terror operators and Shafas.

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