Suspected IM recruiter arrested from Bihar

A suspected Indian Mujahideen recruiter, who is allegedly close to its top operative Yasin Bhatkal, was arrested from Bihar, taking the total number of those caught in the module to 10 since November 22 last year.

Mohd Qafeel Ahmed (50) was apprehended by a team of Delhi Police's Special Team from Darbhanga yesterday on a tip-off, DCP (Crime) Ashok Chand told reporters here.
With this, a total of 10 alleged members of IM module based in Bihar has been arrested since November 22 last year, he said.

Earlier this month, Mohd Tarique Anjuman, claimed to be founder-member of IM, was apprehended from suburbs of Patna.

Ahmed was allegedly acting as a "motivator and recruiter of youths" of the terror outfit, which is involved in a series of blasts across the country, since 2008-09, Chand said.

"He also used to convey messages to other operatives of the module. He used to brainwash local youth and recruit them to the terror outfit. He also provided safe hide-outs for terrorists of the outfit," he said.

Ahmed is also "very close" to Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh, he claimed.
A senior police official said Ahmed owns a cycle repair shop in Darbhanga and used to look after a local mosque.

"This module was based in Darbhanga and Madhubani of Bihar," the official said, adding that Ahmed does not have any prior criminal cases against him.

Meanwhile, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav remanded Ahmed in police custody till March 6

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