Neighbours told family about arrest

Terror suspect Muthi-Ur-Rehman Siddiqui’s family is yet to come to terms with his arrest by the Bangalore police.

“Police have not informed us about his arrest. We do not have a television at home. We came to know about the incident from our neighbours,” Siddiqui’s sister Shamshad Begum said.

The Siddiquis migrated to Hubli from Raibareli in Uttar Pradesh in the ‘70s. Their father Mohammed Siddiqui was a trader in perfumes and his mother Saira Khatum was a housewife. His father passed away six years ago and his mother died last year. Siddiqui has three brothers and two sisters.

He did his PUC at Nehru College in Hubli and graduated from Karnatak Arts College in Dharwad. He did his postgraduation diploma in journalism at Bharatiya Vidyabhavan in Bangalore. His two brothers are into perfume business in Hubli. A younger brother works as a helper in a cloth store.

Siddiqui is an introvert and spent most of his time at the Jamat-e-Islami Hind and Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) offices at the Islamic Centre in Bandiwad Base near his house in Hubli, Mainuddin Byahatti, one of childhood friends said. “After shifting to Bangalore, Muthi-Ur-Rehman stopped visiting Hubli regularly. Even when he visited, he didn’t mingle with friends and neighbours,” he said. “He had command over several languages. His behaviour during college days was normal,” said Prof S A Hussain, who teaches Urdu in Karnatak College.

A police officer assisting the CCB police claimed that Siddiqui was working as a recruiter for HuJI in North Karnataka. Dr Faruk Hussain and Ubedulla Imran, the other suspects, came in contact with Siddiqui through SIO. Business management graduate Waheed Hussain, who was also arrested by the CCB police, met Siddiqui at the Mecca Masjid complex at Viveknagar (Neelasandra) in Bangalore in 2010. Lashqari Sadiq, another suspect, got introduced to him at Kasturba Nagar mosque.

“It was Siddiqui who helped Ubedulla Imran to undergo two months’ training in cyber technology in Saudi Arabia. His internal and external contacts are being investigated,” said the officer, on the condition of anonymity.

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