Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jun 21:
The Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Court of Salepur in Odisha’s Cuttack district today allowed the Crime Branch (CB) police to take suspected al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) operative Mohammed Abdur Rehman Katki on a 10-day remand.
Sources in the CB said Rehman would be interrogated on his terrorist links in Odisha.
Rehman was today produced at the JMFC Court in Salepur amid tight security from Tihar jail. After his production at the court, the CB had sought to take him on a 14-day remand for questioning. However, the court allowed CB to take Rehman on a 10-day remand.
The 37-year-old Rehman, a resident of Pachimkachha in Cuttack, was arrested by the Delhi Police on December 16, last year on charges of radicalizing youth for terror activities.
Later, he was booked under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Rehman, who ran a madrasa at Tangi area near Cuttack, allegedly had links with a man involved in a failed car bomb attack at the Glasgow international airport in 2007, Odisha police had alleged.
Further, the police also had said that he is a member of AQIS and was radicalizing youth for terror activities.
On the other hand, Rehman’s elder brother Tahir Ali Khan has claimed that his brother was innocent.
“My brother is innocent. He has been framed intentionally. Narendra Modi wants to make India Muslim-free. The state government too is adopting the same line. We will move the court for justice to my brother,” said Khan speaking to reporters.