Kolkata cops arrest HuJI operative

The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police has picked up Mizanur Rahaman, a HuJI operative involved in the 2001 abduction of footwear baron and Khadim owner Partha Pratim Roy Burman, from Princep Ghat area in south Kolkata on Wednesday evening. The prime accused in the abduction case, Aftab Ansari, was extradited from UAE in 2002.

The police said that he had sneaked into India from Bangladesh a few days ago. "We arrested him from South Port area. On Thursday, he was produced before the court and remanded in police custody till January 3," said Rajeev Mishra, joint commissioner of police, STF.

The police said that Rahaman, 45, has been absconding for the past 11 years and had moved on from the HuJI to the Indian Mujahideen (IM) group. Incriminating articles and documents including some posters and letters of the organisation were also seized from him.

During interrogation, he apparently told the police that he joined the IM after a meeting Amir Rezza Khan, founder member of IM, in Dhaka in 2008. He made a Bangladeshi passport the same year to go to Pakistan.

Rahaman used to reside in Basirhat area of North 24 Paraganas and had fled to Bangladesh in 2002. He was a close associate of Babu Bhai alias Jalalluddin Molla, a HuJI operative, who was arrested from Uttar Pradesh in 2007. The police doubt that Rahaman had played an active role in the murder of the key witness in the abduction case, Rafiquddin Ahmed Khan, a CPM worker, in 2002.

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