Staff Reporter

Remanded to police custody till January 23 Remanded to police custody till January 23

Kozhikode: Mohammed Fahad, one of the two suspected Al-Badr activists arrested by the Karnataka police from Mysore in October for plotting to attack the Vikasa Soudha in Bangalore and the Central Institute of Indian Languages in Mysore, was brought here on Thursday for questioning in connection with several cases in the district.

Officials of the State police, including Kozhikode City Police Commissioner Balram Kumar Upadhyay, intelligence wings of the State and the Centre and the Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department interrogated him at the Police Club here. The questioning will continue for the next couple of days.

Tight security

Amid tight security, Fahad was brought in a police van from Mysore in the afternoon. He was produced before the Judicial First Class Magistrate's Court at Kunnamangalam here. The court remanded him to police custody till January 23.

Earlier, the City Police had requested the Karnataka police for interrogating him in connection with several cases including Fahad securing a fake passport. The Mysore court had granted permission to hand him over to the State police.

Links with relatives

Karachi-born Fahad had maintained close links with his father's relatives based in Kozhikode. He is the seventh son of Abdulla Koya who migrated to Karachi in Pakistan in the early 1970s. He had been in Kozhikode during February and March last year. His father's first wife resides at Kappad.

In November, a Special Investigation Team of the City Police had arrested seven persons including an Assistant Sub Inspector of Police, Mohammed Ali, attached to the Vazhakkad police station in Malappuram district, on charges of helping the Pakistani national to secure a fake passport from the Kozhikode Passport Office.

The police are also probing the links of Fahad with any fundamentalist outfits and hawala dealings in the State. Officers of the Intelligence Bureau had already established that Fahad and his accomplice Mohammed Ali Hussain, who was arrested by the Karnataka police in Mysore, had connections with Jehadi groups operating in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Jammu and Kashmir.

Fahad had attempted to set up a base in Kozhikode after marrying a local girl related to his father.

Al-Badr, which is operating closely with Jehadi groups in Jammu and Kashmir, has been looking to spread its network to other parts of the country.

The police said Fahad had also tried to maintain close links with at least one fundamentalist group in the State. He had also attempted to purchase lands at various places including Balussery and Koyilandy.

The police are also investigating whether Fahad had any involvement in the twin-blast on March 3 in Kozhikode. The explosions took place at the KSRTC bus station and at the mofussil bus station. At that time Fahad was in Kozhikode. As of now no person had been arrested in the incident in which a constable and a porter sustained injuries.