Odisha Sun Times Bureau:
Bhubaneswar, Dec 20:
A team of Odisha police would today leave for Jharkhand to probe the ‘frequent visits’ of the suspected al-Qaeda operative to the neighbouring state.
A ten-member team split into two would be leaving for Jharkhand and New Delhi as part of their ongoing investigation into the purpose of visit to places outside Odisha, especially Jharkhand.
While the team for Jharkhand is scheduled to be despatched today, the team to Delhi would leave tomorrow.
“A team lead by an Inspector rank officer would today leave for Jharkhand and ascertain the reason behind Abdur Rehman’s frequent visit to Jamshedpur and Ranchi. The team would also investigate whether there was any indoctrination of radical ideas of the students who had enrolled themselves in the madrasa run by Rehman. We would also verifty whethere there was any angle of recruitment. Another team headed by an ACP would leave for New Delhi tomorrow and share information with the special cell which is currently interrogating him. Depending on the facts established during the investigation, follow-up action would be chalked out,” Twin City Commissioner of Police Dr RP Sharma said.
Notably, Jharkhand police had arrested Rehman for making inflammatory and anti-national speeches in some areas of the state.
Odisha police are focusing on two areas like facilitating any recruitment and his associations mostly outside the state. Besides, the investigators are probing the antecedents of the teachers employed in the seminary in Tangi area in Cuttack district, sources said.
“Asif had met Rehman in Bengaluru where he passed on a message from an al-Qaeda co-ordinator based out in Waziristan. The message was regarding recruitment. We are investigating into this also,” Sharma added.
It may be mentioned that Delhi Police Special Cell had nabbed Mohammad Asif from Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh for his alleged links with the al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).