The Uttar Pradesh ATS will question Fasih Mehmood,a suspected founder member of Indian Mujahideen,who was arrested by the Delhi Police after his deportation from Saudi Arabia Monday,about his links with Azamgarh-based IM operatives Sadiq Sheikh,Dr Shahnawaj and Mohammad Khalid.
While Sheikh was arrested by the Mumbai Police on September 26,2008,along with four other IM suspects, Shahnawaj and Khalid have been absconding since their names surfaced in the investigation after the Batla House encounter.
Shahnawaj and Khalid,who both hail from Sanjarpur village in Sarai Mir area of Azamgarh,carry rewards of Rs 1 lakh each on their heads. Both are alleged to have been involved in the September 2008 serial blasts in Delhi.
Sources said Fasih helped Shahnawaj and Khalid find jobs in Sharjah and Dubai after they escaped from India.
Sources said Sheikh,who was reportedly sent to a training camp in Pakistan in 2002,was in contact with Fasih since 2006.
Sheikh reportedly told his interrogators that he recruited other Azamgarh youth for Indian Mujahideen.