Delhi Police special cell gathers evidence

The Delhi Police special cell on Saturday brought Indian Mujahideen operatives Zia-ur-Rahman, alias Waqas, and Tehseen Akhtar to ‘When Will You Stay,’ a home-stay facility in Old Munnar where they had once stayed, to gather evidence.

They were brought on a Border Security Force (BSF) flight to Kochi and then taken on two helicopters to Anachal. Waqas had stayed there from September to November.

The police team questioned the home-stay owner Muneesh and Muthusami, an autorickshaw driver, who took Waqas to Old Munnar and introduced him to the home-stay.

The Delhi Police team was led by Deputy Superintendents of Police (Dy.SPs) Chandrika Parasad and Satheesh Rana.

Hundreds of people thronged the Munnar Central junction as the police vehicles reached the place at 11.30 a.m.

Around 100 policemen had been deployed at various locations and in the town. Both the accused had their faces covered. V. Wahid, Mohanachandran, and K. Antony, all Dy.SPs of the Kerala Police, accompanied the Delhi Police team.

Waqas was then taken to an Internet cafe in the town which he had visited. The police also interrogated some persons who had allegedly contacted the accused during their stay.

Some people were in the custody of the Delhi Police and they would be interrogated along with the accused. The police were also looking into the financial support the duo had received from certain quarters, they added.

The collection of evidence was completed by 3 p.m. and the accused were taken back to Delhi.

Waqas was arrested by the Delhi Police special cell from Ajmer in Rajasthan on March 22 and this had led to the arrest of Tehseen Akhtar from the Indo-Nepal border and two of its other operatives from elsewhere in the country.