Two ter­ror sus­pects ar­rested at Gaya, 2 oth­ers on the run

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Anil Ku­mar Ojha let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Two men, sus­pected to have links with Harkat-ul-Ji­hadal-Is­lami (HUJI) , were ar­rested in south cen­tral Bi­har’s Gaya district on Wed­nes­day.

Two oth­ers ac­com­plices, how­ever, man­aged to evade the po­lice

The po­lice picked up Mo­ham­mad Tauseef Khan alias Mo­ham­mad Atik and Shane Khan near Ra­jen­dra Ashram in Civil Lines lo­cal­ity of Gaya, around 100 km south of Patna, on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. The pho­to­graph of one of the ar­rested per­sons matched with the one re­leased by the po­lice in news­pa­per ad­ver­tise­ments, wanted in con­nec­tion with ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties.

Tauseef Khan is be­lieved to be in­volved in the 2008 Gu­jarat se­rial blasts in which 56 peo­ple were killed and more than 200 in­jured, the po­lice said.

Po­lice said four per­sons had vis­ited the Vishnu Cy­ber Café near Ra­jen­dra Ashram but did not pro­duce copies of Aad­haar, which cy­ber café owner Anurag Basu de­manded be­fore al­low­ing them to ac­cess the in­ter­net. Sus­pect­ing some­thing was wrong, Basu, who also ed­its ver­nac­u­lar monthly ‘Saf Swar’, in­formed the po­lice. Mean­while, all the sus­pects walked out of the cy­ber café and boarded cy­cle-rick­shaws from Shahid Chowk.

Basu, how­ever, fol­lowed the sus­pects, caught Tauseef Khan as well as Shane Khan and handed them over to a po­lice team, headed by Civil Lines po­lice sta­tion SHO Hari Ojha, when it reached there. Two other sus­pects man­aged to give them the slip.

Gaya se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SSP) Garima Mallick con­firmed the ar­rests and said the cy­ber café owner would be fe­lic­i­tated by po­lice.

“It is per­haps the first in­stance in Gaya when a law-abid­ing cit­i­zen mus­tered courage to in­form the po­lice about sus­pi­cious per­sons.” The ar­rested per­sons were be­ing in­ter­ro­gated,” she added.

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The ar­rested youth, sus­pected to have links with ter­ror out­fit Harkat­ul­ji­had­Is­lami, at a po­lice sta­tion in Gaya.

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