Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Dec 29:
An FIR was today filed at the Salepur police station alleging forcible collection of money by five persons in a village of Odisha’s Cuttack district for helping arrested al-Qaeda operative Abdur Rehman.
Sheikh Tahimir Ali of Saipada village, the complainant, has lodged the FIR against Abdur Rauf Khan, Ghulam Rajan Khan, Sheikh Jahar Ali, Samsul Khan and Mohammad Idrish Khan, all residents of the village, for threatening him to give Rs 50,000 for Rehman.
They were holding secret meetings for the purpose of collecting money, he alleged.
“They asked me to give Rs 50,000 saying that Rehman is currently lodged in jail in Delhi and a lot of money is needed to contest the case. They threatened me of dire consequences by harming my son and myself if I fail to give them the amount. They were repeatedly torturing me for the last 15 days. Unable to bear it, I lodged an FIR,” said Sheikh Tahimir.
Salepur SDPO PK Jena said truth behind the allegations will be ascertained after a probe into the incident.
It may be mentioned here that Rehman, a resident of Paschimakachha in Cuttack, was arrested by the Delhi Police from his Jagatpur house on December 16, 2015 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, had alleged links with a man involved in a failed car bomb attack at the Glasgow international airport in 2007.
Further, police had also said that he is a member of al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and was radicalizing youth for terror activities.