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IM operative from Azamgarh arrested in Bhopal

Saif Ur Rahman,an Indian Mujahideen operative,who allegedly planted bombs in Jaipur and Ahmedabad on May 13 and July 26 last year,was arrested from Jabalpur on Sunday night.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal |
April 14, 2009 1:57:24 am

Saif Ur Rahman,an Indian Mujahideen operative,who allegedly planted bombs in Jaipur and Ahmedabad on May 13 and July 26 last year,was arrested from Jabalpur on Sunday night.

A team of the Anti-Terror Squad of Madhya Pradesh Police arrested the 22-year-old resident of Azamgarh around midnight from a Mumbai-bound train.

He offered no resistance and did not have any weapons on him,the police said on Monday.

Though the police are yet to interrogate him,they said he did not appear to be on a mission. “He was least prepared when the police zeroed on him,” said IG (STF) M S Gupta .

The police had followed a tip-off that Rahman had boarded the train from Varanasi.

Rehman became a member of the IM after 2005 and was trained to plant bombs and explosives after conducting a recce of potential targets,said an officer.

“He had made a meticulous recce of crowded places in Ahmedabad,” Gupta told The Indian Express. His modus operandi was to purchase a bicycle,plant bombs on it and then posing as a student,park it at a local railway station.

Besides Jaipur and Ahmedabad,he could also be involved in UP blasts.

A CJM court in Jaipur had earlier issued an arrest warrant against him in connection with the May 13 blasts.

The Rajasthan Police has already initiated the process to seek his transit remand.

Rehman had cleared his Higher Secondary Examination in 2003 but could not become an engineer despite joining a coaching class in Delhi. Soon after,he became an IM operative.

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