New Delhi: External Affairs Minister SM Krishna Tuesday said that India will seek access to IC-814 hijacking plotter Belal Mandol, who is in custody in Bangladesh, if his terror links are proven.
Speaking to reporters in the capital, Krishna said, “We certainly will get in touch with the government of Bangladesh and try to what to find out what the position is. If the identity of the person is the same as that of the one we are looking for, we will take up the matter.”
Jaish-e-Mohammed militant Nannu Mia alias Belal Mandol, who has reportedly admitted to have played a key role in the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane in 1999 to Kandahar, was arrested by the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) of Bangladesh police early Sunday.
Apart from Nannu, five other operatives of the Pakistan-based militant group JeM, including its Pakistani coordinator in Bangladesh Rezwan Ahmed, were arrested in the operation.
Rezwan is also believed to be a recruiter for operations in India.
Apart from Rezwan – who hails from Karachi- all others, including Nannu, are Bangladeshi citizens.
The arrest of Nannu, who claims to be a native of north Bangladeshi town Shylet, along with Rezwan Ahmed is being considered as a major success by the local authorities.
RAB officials said they had learnt that Nannu was imprisoned in Guwahati for about 10 years, with more than four militancy-related cases pending against him in different courts in India.
Two brothers Imazuddin alias Munna and Sadek Hossain alias Khoka and Abu Naser Munshi were the other three arrested during the special anti-militancy drive.
The `Daily Star` reported that Nannu had admitted he had a role in the hijack of the Indian Airlines plane on a flight to Delhi from Kathmandu on December 24, 1999.
It also said that after serving out 10 years in Guwahati prison in an anti-state case in India he recently fled back home.
The Indian authorities had to set free three militant leaders including JeM supremo Moulana Masood Azhar in exchange for passengers taken hostage.
With PTI inputs