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Hyderabad youth arrested in Delhi not linked to terror outfits: Probe

The police’s anti-terror unit had arrested him on the basis of a tip-off; two country-made pistols and seven live cartridges had been recovered from his possession.

Investigations have revealed that a Hyderabad-based youth, arrested by the Delhi Police over his alleged connection with terror organisations, is not involved in any anti-national activity, said sources.

Rehmat, 30, was arrested by the Delhi Police’s Special Cell from the New Delhi Railway Station on October 5.

The police’s anti-terror unit had arrested him on the basis of a tip-off; two country-made pistols and seven live cartridges had been recovered from his possession.

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While the police initially suspected that Rehmat had been ‘radicalised’ by terror outfit Islamic State, investigations have revealed that “he came to the capital to commit some petty crime”, according to Special Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, Arvind Deep.

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After Rehmat’s arrest, a team of the Special Cell had visited Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh as well as Hyderabad to probe the matter further.

Initially, Rehmat told the police that he had procured the weapons from Bareilly, where he had met two maulanas who had “indoctrinated” him to join the cause of jihad, said sources.

The team in Bareilly questioned both the maulanas allegedly named by Rehman, but could not find any evidence to suggest that he had procured the weapons to carry out terror acts, they said.

Officials of intelligence agencies also questioned Rehmat but they could not find proof of his alleged involvement with any terror outfit, said sources. Investigations by the Special Cell revealed that he had not met anybody with links to terror organisations.