One Al-Qaeda terrorist carrying a Pakistani passport was arrested on Tuesday after being kept in a week-long detention here, police said.
Gulam Rasool Khan was picked up by police on Tuesday last week following his suspicious movement in the town, Purnia SP N.H. Khan told PTI.
Following a week-long interrogation, his Al-Qaeda link was established and he was subsequently arrested on Tuesday, Mr. Khan said adding that Gulam’s link with another little known terrorist outfit ‘IMMM’ was also traced.
“We have called various agencies for investigation and booked the terrorist under various sections of IPC and Passport Act for carrying a Pakistani passport in fake name,” the SP said.
Gulam, a driver in Dubai, had come to Hyderabad in 1987 and stayed there for long period of time after marrying a local girl, Mr. Khan said.
He murdered his sister-in-law after his divorce and was jailed. While in prison, Gulam came in contact with an Al-Qaeda man who provoked him to join the outfit, the SP said.
The SP said at Mehmood’s direction, Gulam fled to Afghanistan on parole and worked for Al-Qaeda between 2004 and 2005. During the period, he shuttled between Pakistan and Afghanistan before returning to Hyderabad.
Police, who had been on his look out for long, later traced him in Hyderabad and put him behind the bar once again, Mr. Khan said.
On completion of jail term, Gulam went back to Afghanistan, the police officer said.
He recently came to Purnia to cross over to Bangladesh through Indo-Bangla border at Purnia, he said.
“We have requested the central agencies to share more inputs about him,” Mr. Khan said, adding that police would take him on remand for further interrogation.