The total number of AQIS or linkmen arrested by the STF during the last four months has reached eight
In a major crackdown on the Al Qaeda Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) module, the Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police has foiled an attempt to set up a new module of the Indian Subcontinent in the Mathurapur area in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district after the arrests made since November 5.
According to city police sources, following the interrogation of the two arrested persons, the STF developed a clear idea of their style of functioning to create a new module in the Mathurapur area.
Kolkata Police on Monday said that its Special Task Force (STF) had arrested two linkmen of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) from Mathurapur during the last 48 hours. The total number of AQIS or linkmen arrested by the STF during the last four months has reached eight. Apart from that in September, the STF sleuths also arrested a suspected spy of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), from Kalimpong, the hill resort city in the northern sector of West Bengal.
The arrested persons, Azizul Haque and Maniruddin Khan drew the attention of the STF after the cyber experts of the city police tracked some of their social media posts that clearly were anti-national. After interrogating the duo, the sleuths learned that the two used to hunt fresh brains for the AQUIS module through social media only.
City police sources said both the arrested linkmen were educated. While Azizul Haque is a teacher by profession, Maniruddin Khan is a third-year student of history at Barasat College. Both were known in their respective localities as extremely soft-spoken and decent persons. Khan also used to take private tuition from Haque.
The STF through interrogation was trying to go deeper into the module that Azizul Haque and Maniruddin Khan represented to track their higher level of leadership.
In this case, their targets were mainly youths from the minority-dominated pockets of South 24 Parganas district. After identifying the targets, the duo used to brainwash them by showing them different jihadi-related videos as well alleged oppression against the people of a particular community globally. “The duo, especially Haque, through eloquent interactive style, made attempts to brainwash youths in the area,” a city police official said.
At the same time, Maniruddin Khan was also responsible for arranging for fake Indian identity cards, mobile SIM cards, and bank accounts and providing similar logistics support for AQIS activists coming from Bangladesh. He also acted as a fund-raiser for the outfit.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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