Saimun was allegedly setting up base in Delhi, Mizoram and Manipur to radicalise and recruit young Muslims to wage a war against India and Myanmar.
Indian police have arrested suspected al Qaeda key recruiter from Delhi.
Twenty-eight-year-old Bangladeshi British national Samiun Rahman was arrested from Vikas Marg in east Delhi on Sunday, reports the Times of India. According to the report, Saimun was allegedly setting up base in Delhi, Mizoram and Manipur to radicalise and recruit young Muslims to wage a war against India and Myanmar.
Deputy Commissioner (special cell) Pramod Kushwah said: “He was setting up a base in Delhi and two northeastern states and preparing the recruits to carry out strikes in India and fight the Myanmar army.
“He was being assisted by al-Qaeda cadre in Delhi, Hazaribagh and other places in India, who are being identified.” He said Saimun was carrying a voter ID card in the name of Shumon Haq, a resident of Kishanganj, Bihar.
“We have recovered US $2,000, a laptop, a 9mm pistol and magazines, apart from Indian and Bangladeshi SIM cards,” Pramod said, adding that Saimun had also been to Morocco, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and Turkey.
The deputy commissioner said the suspected militant has been taken on remand for interrogation. Police described Saimun as a battle-hardened mujahideen who had fought for the Qaeda’s al-Nusra front in Aleppo, Syria, before being sent to Bangladesh as a recruiter. Saimun was earlier arrested in Bangladesh on charges of terror financing and was released in April.
Later, Nusra Commander Mohammad Jowlani assigned him the job of recruiting Rohingya refugees from India. Quoting the police, Times of India report said Saimun was in touch with top Qaeda and al-Nusra commanders through messaging app called ‘protective text’. The arrestee told the interrogators that he had tapped around 12 Rohingya refugees living in Kashmir, northeast, Delhi, Bihar and Hazaribagh (Jharkhand), the report added.
The accused tried to mislead the police by claiming to be Shumon Haq but his antecedents were then confirmed with the Bangladesh police. During interrogation, he revealed that he crossed into to India in July and his task was to raise funds and incite youths to fight for the cause of Rohingya Muslims and facilitate their entry into Myanmar from northeastern states.
Saimun told the interrogators that he had stayed at various madrassas in Kishanganj, Hazaribagh and Delhi/NCR and also confessed about contacting with his outfit members via secured apps as well as social networking sites such as Facebook, Whatsapp and Telegram. Officials said the special cell was tracking Saimun for the last two months. The tip-off was on one “Raju bhai” from al-Qaeda who was recruiting people and trying to set up a base in Delhi to carry out terror strikes in India.
Last month, cops found that Saimun had crossed over from Bangladesh and rented a house in Kishanganj. A few weeks ago, cops found that the suspect had come to Delhi/NCR. Deputy Commissioner Pramod said a case was filed against the arrested under sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 2008 and Arms Act.