Ultra linked to Dawood arrested in Bangladesh


Mufti Obaidullah, who was paraded before the media on Friday, was described by Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner A.K.M. Shahidul Hoque as “one of the most wanted Indian terrorists”.

Obaidullah, a veteran of the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan, told interrogators that his task was to organise “jihad” under instructions from Amir Reza, leader of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

The Daily Star quoted Hoque as saying that Obaidullah had collaborated with Islamist militants in Jammu and Kashmir, and also participated in terror attacks in Indian cities.

Besides operating for the LeT since 1995, Obaidullah was working for absconding mafia don Dawood Ibrahim. Obaidullah claimed to have been in hiding from Indian law.

Four more people engaged in militancy and wanted by India are hiding in Bangladesh, police said. Detective Branch officials led by Deputy Police Commissioner Monirul Islam identified Obaidullah on the basis of confessions made by Abdur Rauf Daud Merchant, another Dawood Ibrahim conduit who fled India during after being convicted in the Gulshan Kumarmurder case.

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