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Mohammed Yahya Kammakutty
Mohammed Yahya Kammakutty

K.V. Subramanya

He was under police surveillance since mid-2006

Security agencies intercept Yahya’s emails

He came to Bangalore in 1996 after finishing B.E.

BANGALORE: Bangalore-based software engineer Mohammed Yahya Kammakutty, arrested earlier in the week by the Corps of Detectives (CoD) for suspected terror links, had set up business in West Asia on the same lines as GE Health Systems, where he was employed earlier, by reportedly stealing the company’s data, business modules and software.

Highly placed sources in the Police Department told The Hindu on Saturday that security agencies had intercepted Yahya’s emails and found that he was carrying out trade in Dubai with the support of stolen data and software.

Subsequently, the police approached the Chief Security Officer of GE Health Systems and brought Yahya’s activities to his notice. The company later sacked Yahya, the sources said. While the police were on the lookout for one Shibli for his suspected role in the December 2005 terrorist attack on the Indian Institute of Science they found that he was in touch with Yahya.

Though the police could not trace Shibli, they did keep a watch on Yahya, who was then working in GE Health Systems at Whitefield in Bangalore.

While Yahya was under surveillance since mid-2006, the police intercepted his emails and learnt about his business activities in Dubai, the sources said.

Satellite phone

Meanwhile, a senior officer said that they were verifying reports that calls were made to Yahya from a satellite phone recovered from a militant who was killed in Jammu and Kashmir in 2003 during the Sarp Vinash operation launched by security forces. The officer said that there was no official confirmation as of now. It is said that several calls were made to Pakistan, Gulf and Kerala from the satellite phone. The CoD team arrested Yahya from his rented house at Gurappanapalya on Bannerghatta Road here on Thursday.

Yahya is suspected to be a part of the network that Mohammed Asif, a final year MBBS student of KIMS in Hubli, who was arrested recently, is stated to be involved in.

Yahya is said to have come in contact with SIMI while he was studying at the National Institute of Technology in Kozhikode, Kerala. After completing his B.E. (Electrical) with distinction, he came to Bangalore in 1996 and got a job in a software company, which he quit to join GE Health Systems.

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