Fasih Mohammed,a suspected Indian Mujahideen operator and a key accused in the Delhi and Bangalore blasts,was today arrested after he was deported from Saudi Arabia.
28-year-old Fasih,after being in detention for five months in Saudi Arabia,was taken into custody from Delhi airport on his arrival from the Gulf,official sources said.
India had sought deportation of Fasih from Saudi Arabia and also got an Interpol Red Corner notice issued against him.
An engineer and believed to be a member of the banned outfit Indian Mujahideen,Bihar-born Fasih is alleged to have been involved in the Chinnaswamy Stadium blast in Bangalore and the shooting near Jama Masjid (Delhi),both in 2010,and is wanted by Delhi and Karnataka police.
His name cropped up during the interrogation of suspected IM terrorists arrested during the last nine months.
While the Saudi authorities confirmed his detention there,they conveyed that they were closely examining his role and stay in that country.
Fasih’s wife Nikhat Parveen had approached the Supreme Court claiming that her husband was in the custody of central security agencies,a charge denied by the Government.
Arrest of Fasih ‘very important’: Govt
Government today termed the arrest of suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist Fasih Mohammad as a “very important catch”,saying Saudi Arabia fully cooperated in his deportation to India.
“It was a very important catch. He was deported by Saudi Arabia,” Union Home Secretary R K Singh told reporters here.
Giving the first official reaction after Fasih’s arrest by Delhi Police at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here,the Home Secretary said India had submitted “material evidence” against Fasih to Saudi Arabia to press its demand for deportation for his involvement in various terrorists acts in the country.
“He (Fasih) was deported after he had served a sentence there. Saudi Arabia cooperated with us,” he said.
Singh said Indian officials were coordinating with Saudi Arabia for quite some time by providing documents to prove his Indian citizenship.
“Our officers were in touch with Saudi Arabia. That is how it happened,” he said.
The Home Secretary said Saudi Arabia had never stated that Fasih would not be deported but it took some time.
Singh said Fasih was the “key facilitator” for 13 Indian Mujahideen terrorists who were arrested from Bihar,Uttar Pradesh and a few other places late last year.
These IM activists were arrested in connection with in 2010 blast in Bangalore’s Chinaswamy stadium and shoot out in front of Delhi’s Jama Masjid.
We will also seek custody of Fasih: Bangalore Police
Bangalore Police today said they would seek custody of Fasih Mohammed,a suspected Indian Mujahideen operative and key accused in the Delhi and Bangalore blasts,who was arrested after deportation from Saudi Arabia.
“If Delhi Police has taken Fasih into custody,we will also be seeking his custody as he is involved in the Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts”,Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) B Dayanand said.
Fasih,who was in detention for five months in Saudi Arabia,was taken into custody at Delhi airport on his arrival from the Gulf.
India had sought his deportation and also got an Interpol Red Corner notice issued against him.
Believed to be a member of the banned Indian Mujahideen,Bihar-born Fasih,an engineer,is allegedly involved in the Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts in Bangalore and the shooting near Jama Masjid (Delhi),both in 2010,and is wanted by Delhi and Bangalore police.