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Denies he has links with Lashkar

Family did not know about arrest until it received telegram Rehman's house searched on December 29

NALGONDA (A.P): Thirtyfour-year-old Mohammad Abdul Rehman, arrested in connection with the terror attack on the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, was residing in Alghasim in Saudi Arabia for the last 12 years.

Rehman's family members, residing near the Collectorate here, are shocked at his arrest. They did not know about his arrest until they received a telegram sent by V. S. Dsouza, investigating officer, at 9.10 a.m. on Tuesday.

"We call him Mohammad Razi-Ur-Reheman, not Abdul Rehman. We are surprised to hear that he has close links with Lashkar-e-Taiba. It is not true," his eldest brother, Mohammad Habibur Rehman, told The Hindu. He alleged that plainclothesmen forcibly took him into custody while he was returning from a mosque on December 31.

The local police reportedly searched Rehman's house before taking his four brothers into custody on December 29. "After the grilling, the local police expressed regret for troubling us. On December 31, our brother was picked up by the police," said Fasiur Rehman, his second brother.

Rehman studied in a private school up to standard X and joined a diploma course in electronics in a government institution in the neighbouring Mahabubnagar district.

He discontinued his studies and started a mechanic shop in the town.

Driven by penury, Habibur Rehman went to Alghasim in 1989 and helped his brother get a visa to Saudi Arabia in 1993. Having started his career as a driver, he settled down there and married a Hyderabadi, Salma, in 1999. They have three sons.

Rehman's father, Shamshamoddin, was a senior assistant in the District Police Office in Nalgonda. He died in 1986.