IM terrorist Fasih deported from Saudi, held in Delhi

IM terrorist Fasih deported from Saudi, held in Delhi

Bihar man wanted for KSCA blast

IM terrorist Fasih deported from Saudi, held in Delhi

One of the founders of Indian Mujahideen (IM), Fasih Mahmood, was arrested when he arrived at Indira Gandhi International Airport on Monday after being deported to India from Saudi Arabia.

Indian intelligence agencies brought Mahmood to Delhi on an Air India flight in the morning. Later, he was taken into custody. India had sought deportation of Mahmood and also got an Interpol Red Corner notice slapped on him after his name cropped up during the interrogation of two arrested IM members.

“We got information about him while interrogating Gauhar Aziz Khomani, who was arrested at Selaiyur in Chennai on November 2011, and Mohammad Tariq Anjuman Hasan, a 31-year-old civil engineer, held at Darbhanga in Bihar,” said a police officer.
Mahmood used to send information from Saudi Arabia to IM operatives in India, said the officer. Mahmood was also in touch with LeT member Faiaz Kagzi. Mahmood told the police that Kagzi was hiding in Karachi and not in Saudi Arabia.

Mahmood, 30, is alleged to have been involved in the April 17, 2010, Chinnaswamy Stadium blast in Bangalore. He is wanted by the Delhi and Karnataka police. An engineer working in Saudi Arabia, he was allegedly picked by the Saudi authorities at al-Jubal on May 13, 2012 for terror links, and lodged at a detention centre on June 26.

He and four others—Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Aamir and Mohammad Tariq Anjuman Hasan—transformed the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), a banned organisation, into Indian Mujahideen a decade ago. Mahmood is from Barh Saaila village in Darbhanga district in Bihar. He studied at Anjuman Engineering College at Bhatkal in Karnataka. It was in 2003 the five men decided to form IM to avenge Gujarat riots.

Mahmood was in charge of generating funds in Saudi Arabia, as part of IM’s core team.
Mahmood’s father, Firoz Ahmad, is in charge of the Benipatti primary health centre in Madhubani district. His mother is a teacher at Darbhanga.

Mahmood’s wife, Nikhat Parveen, filed a petition in the Supreme Court on May 30 seeking information about her husband. Investigative agencies told the apex court that he was in a Saudi Arabia detention centre for his alleged links with terror activities.

The police said he had provided logistic support to the Chinnaswamy Stadium blast.
The Bangalore police will try to get his custody, said B Dayananda, joint commissioner (crime-east). The Centre on Monday described the arrest of Mahmood as a “very important catch.” Union Home Secretary R K Singh confirmed Mahmood’s depor­tation.