Alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) activist Mohammad Shakeel,whom the Delhi Police arrested from Lucknow on Sunday,was questioned by the UP Police several times but never arrested by them.
Sources in the UP Police said they did not know why the Delhi Police arrested Shakeel though they had found nothing against him.
Shakeel was arrested from Dubagga locality where he,along with his wife Saima Khatoon and three-year-old daughter,stayed at the residence of his brother-in-law,Mohammad Munsheer. He taught children at the local mosque,said his elder brother Mohammad Ishaq,a clerk at a local college.
Shakeels sister is married to Basheer Hasan,whom the Delhi Police had arrested from Unnao in February,allegedly for giving shelter to one of Indias most wanted terrorists,Yasin Bhatkal.
Twenty-five-year-old Shakeel and Basheer ran a madrasa in Sitapurs Rehanpurva village. Both stayed at the madrasa. In 2005,Basheer married Shakeels sister Jahina Khatoon. A few years later,Basheer left Sitapur,moved to Unnao,and started teaching at a madarsa there. He was arrested for allegedly giving shelter to Yasin Bhatkal at his house in Unnao in November,2011.
Shakeels family is puzzled over why the Delhi Police have arrested Shakeel.
After the arrest of Basheer Hasan,we were extensively questioned by the UP Police. They did not find anything against Shakeel,said Ishaq.
If Basheer was known to Yasin Bhatkal,how can Shakeel be arrested for it? said a family member.
Ishaq said Shakeel had told the UP Police,and also the family,that a youth named Ahmed visited Basheer at Sitapur in 2004. Basheer introduced him as a friend. He stayed overnight and left.
In November 2011,Ahmed visited the Sitapur madrasa and inquired about Basheer. When he was told that Basheer had moved to Unnao,he took his address and left. We had no information that Ahmed was actually Yasin Bhatkal who is wanted by the police,said Ishaq. He said that UP Police knew that Delhi police may arrest his brother because a day earlier,a police officer had called up and asked me to be alert about Shakeel,but did not say why, said Ishaq.