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Bangalore: Karnataka Police are seeking the help of Interpol to extradite from Saudi Arabia three terror suspects wanted for their alleged role in planning to attack noted politicians, religious heads and media persons in the state, a senior police official said yesterday.
“We are in the process of approaching Interpol to issue Red Corner notices against the three suspects, including one from Hyderabad, as we have secured non-bailable warrants against them from a local court here,” the official posted with the deputy commissioner of police (crime) said on the condition of anonymity.
The three are: Mohammad Abdul Majeed, 47, Usman Ghani 32, and Mohammad Shaheed Faisal, 27, who are currently in the Saudi kingdom. Majeed is the elder of two other brothers - Mohammed Abdul Shaheed and Mohammed Shaheed Faisal, who were killed in Pakistan in August 2007 for being involved in terror activities.
“We have requested the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to issue the Interpol Red Corner notices to extradite the trio from Saudi Arabia. We want to interrogate them for their alleged links with other 18 terror suspects who were arrested Aug 29-Sept 3 for allegedly plotting to assassinate some prominent politicians, senior journalists and religious leaders in the state,” the official said.
Among the terror suspects, 12 were arrested in Bangalore, two from Hubli, about 410km from here, two from Hyderabad and four from Nanded in Maharashtra.
“Interrogation of the terror suspects revealed that the trio was involved in hiring activists of the banned Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) outfit for carrying out terror attacks in the state,” the official added.
“The two youths from Hubli were sent to Pakistan in December 2011 for training and joining the terror elements of Afghanistan such as the Taliban,” the official noted.