Terror probe: Karnataka doctor among 3 wanted from Saudi Arabia

FP

An older brother of two persons accused of terrorism in India and killed in Pakistan in August 2007, a practicing medical doctor whose name has appeared in past investigations of a SIMI network, and a 27-year-old from Bangalore — all believed to be in Saudi Arabia at present and allegedly linked to the recent terrorism investigation across three states — are the latest terror suspects being sought by police in India through the Interpol.

The Bangalore police have initiated the process for issuing Interpol red corner notices and have obtained non-bailable warrants from a local court against Mohammed Abdul Majeed, 47, a Hyderabad resident and brother of alleged terrorists Mohammed Abdul Shahed and Mohammed Abdul Samad who were killed in 2007; Dr Usman Ghani Khan alias Abu Anas MD, 32, whose name figures in a 2008 investigation as a SIMI initiator; and Mohammed Shaheed Faisal alias Zakeer alias Ustad, a Bangalore youth with no previous police record.

The police have sent requests for issuing the red corner notices through the CBI. The trio are alleged to have played key roles in recruiting 18 youths from Hubli, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Nanded for alleged terrorist activities, and sending two of the Hubli recruits to Pakistan in December 2011 to allegedly join Taliban forces in Afghanistan.

Between August 29 and September 3 this year, police in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra arrested 18 terror suspects recruited by the trio. A fourth person identified as Farhatullah Ghori, 49, a former Hyderabad resident who allegedly met two of the recruited youths in Pakistan, already has a red corner notice against him.

Meanwhile, Dr Usman Ghani Khan's mother and brother, who live in Dharwad, a twin city of Hubli in Karnataka, have alleged that he has already been detained by Saudi authorities. Claiming that his wife has not been able to trace his whereabouts, they said the Indian authorities in Saudi Arabia have not responded either.

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