Wanted Bangla accused held in India

A 33-year-old man associated with Bangladesh's radical student outfit, Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), and wanted by the Bangladesh Police for terrorism and mass murder, was arrested by the CBI on Thursday.

Sazzad Hossain Khan was apprehended by the Interpol branch of the CBI from Amritsar when he was trying to flee to Dubai. He was nabbed following a red corner notice issued by the Interpol. Khan is accused of gunning down eight persons in 2000 at Chittagong in Bangladesh. Seven of the victims were activists of the Awami League. Khan reportedly led a group of 30 persons at the time of the attack.

The ICS is the student wing of the Jamat-e-Islami Bangladesh and is opposed to the current rule of Sheikh Hasina. Khan's preliminary interrogation revealed that he has links with other radical outfits in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Investigators are trying to ascertain the purpose of his stay at Amritsar for the past many months, as it is suspected that he was trying to help Sikh radicals in Punjab at the behest of his handlers, who may be based at Bangladesh and Pakistan.

India has informed Bangladesh about Khan's arrest, and sought details for his extradition or deportation.

According to details provided by Bangladesh, Khan was awarded death sentence by a court there in March 2008. His red corner notice was issued by the Interpol in April this year after Bangladesh authorities learnt about his movement to India. Khan was apprehended because of a fake passport. According to the CBI, Khan was using a passport issued in the fake name of Abdullah with Barisal in Bangladesh as his address.

"The fake passport was issued in connivance with Bangladesh authorities. We have sought additional details regarding his role and affiliations to other terror groups in Bangladesh," said a CBI official. The passport was issued in April 2005 with a validity of 11 years.

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