New Delhi: A suspected Indian Mujahedeen militant was arrested from near Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh on Monday for persuading youths to join the outlawed terror group, police said.
A team of Special Cell of Delhi Police nabbed the terrorist, named Shakeel who is said to be a close relative of Bashir, another suspected terrorist.
According to police, Shakeel, along with other IM operatives like Yasin Bhatkal may have had a role in hatching the blasts bomb blasts in important places in India including at Chinnaswamy stadium.
According to police, Shakeel may be used to extract information about other Yasin Bhatkal and other details of IM terror module.
This is the fourth arrest of an Indian Mujahideen terrorist by Delhi Police this year. In November last year, Delhi Police had arrested six Indian Mujahideen terrorists from across the country.
On March 26, police had arrested Assadullah Rehman alias Dilkash (20), an alleged aide of the outfit`s elusive chief operative Yasin Bhatkal, from north-east Delhi`s Karawal Nagar with one kg explosives and a detonator.
Dilkash, who hails from Darbanga in Bihar, had allegedly escaped in November last year from the arms factory run by Indian Mujahideen in west Delhi`s Nangloi before the police crackdown during which a number of suspected terrorists were nabbed by police.
In April last year, the official said, on instructions from Bhatkal, he reached Delhi and was taken to the factory at Meer Vihar in Nangloi which was later busted by police.
After the arrests of Indian Mujahideen operatives in November last, Bhatkal directed him to leave the factory premises along with whatever explosives and other material he could lay his hands on.
In February, police arrested Mohd Tarique Anjuman, one of
the founder-members of Indian Mujahideen, from Patna and Talha Abdali alias Israr from Barabanki. Israr had allegedly provided refuge to Yasin Bhatkal in November last year.
Abdali is considered an important ideologue of the Indian Mujahideen and his name has surfaced in 2008 and had been on the run since then.
Anjuman was an active member of the banned SIMI since 1998 and later was one of the founder members of Indian Mujahideen since 2003 along with Iqbal Bhatkal.
Anjuman is believed to be one of the ideologues who used to motivate youth to join the terror outfit and provide them arms training.
With PTI inputs