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Hyderabad STF office blast: three militants arrested in Delhi

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They were members of the Bangladesh-based outfit Harkat-ul-Jehad-e-Islami


  • Bangalore Software Park, Hyderabad Hi-tech City, politicians, railway stations were targeted
  • Two other militants arrested in West Bengal for carrying illegal arms
  • Several trained in Pakistan by ISI

    NEW DELHI: Three militants, allegedly belonging to the Bangladesh-based terrorist outfit Harkat-ul-Jehad-e-Islami, and involved in the Special Task Force (STF) office blast in Hyderabad this October, have been arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi police.

    The militants, one of whom was trained in a camp run by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence near the Baluchistan border, were to target the Bangalore Software Park, the Hyderabad Hi-tech City, certain politicians, railway stations and busy places in Delhi and other parts of north India.

    Joint Commissioner of Police Karnal Singh said that while probing the October 29 serial blasts cases here, the Special Cell learnt about the strikes planned by the HuJI militants. It then came to light that two persons, Nafiq-ul-Vishwas and Suhag Khan, who were arrested at Malda this November by the West Bengal police for allegedly carrying illegal arms, were in fact HuJI militants.

    Real identity

    The Special Cell brought the accused to the capital. During interrogation, Suhag disclosed his real identity as Hililaluddin aka Hilal, a resident of Bualia in Rajshahi in Bangladesh. "Hilal, who had joined HuJI this January, was one of the conspirators in the Hyderabad blast in which a terrorist, Motasin Billa, was killed on October 12," said Mr. Kumar.

    Nafiq allegedly revealed that he ferried terrorists from Bangladesh to India through the porous West Bengal border. His job was also to procure explosives and raise funds by selling narcotics supplied to him. He said he had ferried Motasin, Arshad and Sharif — all involved in the Hyderabad explosion. While Motasin died in the STF office blast, Arshad and Sharif escaped. Nafiq said one Mohammad Ibrahim, who was arrested this August in Hyderabad, was also in the know of the Hyderabad conspiracy.

    Subsequently, the Special Cell took custody of Ibrahim, a resident of Hyderabad. He was sent to Bangladesh a year ago to meet Gulam Yajdani, the person involved in the Hiren Pandya murder case in Gujarat. In Bangladesh, he met several HuJI terrorists from India and Pakistan. This April, he was sent to Karachi in Pakistan on a Bangladeshi passport, from where he was taken to a camp near the Baluchistan border run by the ISI and Pakistan Army personnel. He and five other Bangladeshis underwent a 21-day training in handling arms and explosives, especially those fitted with timers and remote controlled devices.

    They then returned to Bangladesh and were assigned targets in India.

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