As­sam fears big Hizb ring in state af­ter mil­i­tant held

The Asian Age - - Front Page - MANOJ ANAND

In a ma­jor break­through, the As­sam po­lice Satur­day ar­rested a close aide of a sus­pected Hizbul Mu­jahideen ter­ror­ist who had spent more than three months in Srinagar be­fore start­ing his ac­tiv­i­ties in cen­tral As­sam’s Ho­jai district. The state au­thor­i­ties sus­pect that a much big­ger Hizbul Mu­jahideen net­work may be op­er­at­ing in the state.

Say­ing that the po­lice had ar­rested Sahidul Alam from his res­i­dence, in the Lanka po­lice sta­tion area of the district, Ho­jai su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice Ankur Jain told this news­pa­per that Sahidul Alam was work­ing in close as­so­ci­a­tion with Shah­nawaz Alam, who was ar­rested on Fri­day.

Say­ing these ar­rests came af­ter the ar­rest of Hizbul Mu­jahideen ter­ror­ist Qa­mar- uzZa­man, a res­i­dent of Ho­jai, by the Ut­tar

Pradesh po­lice’s anti- ter­ror­ism squad and the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency in Kan­pur on September 13, Mr Jain said it was found in the pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions that Qa­mar- uzZa­man had gone to Srinagar af­ter the re­turn of Sahidul Alam. “We are try­ing to find out their con­nec­tions and other re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties in the state,” he said, adding that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion had just started. Za­man hails from Ja­mu­na­mukh in As­sam. Se­cu­rity sources said Shah­nawaz Alam had got train­ing in Jammu’s Kishtwar district. “Za­man, who was ar­rested in UP, was spot­ted on the so­cial me­dia early this year while he was bran­dish­ing an AK- 47 ri­fle. Za­man had plans to carry out sub­ver­sive ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing Ganesh Chaturthi cel­e­bra­tions in UP, ” se­cu­rity sources said. Za­man’s mother, how­ever, told re­porters that the se­cu­rity forces had done a good job by ar­rest­ing him. “Any­body who car­ries out a war against the coun­try de­serves such treat­ment. Za­man has brought a bad name to the fam­ily,” she said. “My son is not greater than the coun­try, I will not see his face. I prayed to God that he should get ar­rested. We raised Za­man with a lot of trou­ble,” she added. An As­sam po­lice team has, mean­while, left for Luc­know to in­ter­ro­gate Za­man and find out his links to the state. In­di­cat­ing that more ar­rests were likely in the next few days, the se­cu­rity sources said there were re­ports of a large num­ber of youths miss­ing from cen­tral As­sam’s Ho­jai district. Say­ing that many of them were said to have gone to Jammu and Kash­mir for work, the se­cu­rity sources said the po­lice and the se­cu­rity agen­cies were ad­vis­ing their fam­i­lies to find out their ex­act where­abouts and the na­ture of work that they were en­gaged in.

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