Is­lamic State threat to city: SIMI man un­der ATS scan­ner

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ari­tra Hazra ari­tra.hazra@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: With the Is­lamic State (ISIS) threat keep­ing the se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment across In­dia vig­i­lant, the Ma­ha­rash­tra an­titer­ror­ism squad (ATS) has ze­roedin on Ab­dus Sub­han Qureshi as one of the key per­sons who could pro­vide lo­gis­tics sup­port to the terror group, if they de­cide to tar­get Mum­bai.

Qureshi, an ac­tivist with the banned Stu­dents Is­lamic Move­ment of In­dia (SIMI) group since 1998, has worked closely with In­dian Mu­jahideen (IM) mem­bers and was in­stru­men­tal in pro­vid­ing them ground-level sup­port for most blasts in In­dia since 2005.

In his 40s, Qureshi has evaded the in­tel­li­gence agen­cies for sev­eral years. He has slipped out of their net on at least two known oc­ca­sions, in­clud­ing once from Nepal.

Born in UP, Qureshi, who se­cured a diploma in in­dus­trial elec­tron­ics from Bharatiya Vidyapeeth at Kharghar in 1995 and later com­pleted the Mi­crosoft Cer­ti­fied Sys­tems En­gi­neer (MCSE) course from CMS In­sti­tute in Marol, is back un­der the scan­ner af­ter the ISIS re­cently threat­ened to ex­pand its wings in the In­dian sub-con­ti­nent, es­pe­cially in In­dia, Pak­istan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

He has emerged as a vi­tal link es­pe­cially given his close links with SIMI. Qureshi’s ex­ten­sive net­work and knowl­edge of ar­eas in and around Mum­bai poses a ma­jor threat, said ATS of­fi­cials.

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