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IS ‘recruits’: Hingoli schoolteacher is latest ATS catch

Mohd Raisuddin Mohd Siddique (40), who used to teach at a local zilla parishad school, was picked up for questioning Sunday and placed under arrest Monday evening.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
August 9, 2016 2:23:50 am

AS PART of its ongoing crackdown on alleged Islamic State (IS) recruits, Maharashtra Police’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested a schoolteacher from Hingoli district.

Mohd Raisuddin Mohd Siddique (40), who used to teach at a local zilla parishad school, was picked up for questioning Sunday and placed under arrest Monday evening. Siddique will be produced in a local court Tuesday, when the agency will seek his custody.

Siddique is the fourth person to be arrested on suspicion of being an IS recruit. On Sunday, Iqbal Ahmed Kabir Ahmed (28), a resident of Gulzar colony in Parbhani, was arrested after Nasir Chaus and Shaheed Khan, who were arrested by ATS from Parbhani last month, allegedly named him.

Siddique and Ahmed are allegedly part of the ‘Parbhani module’, which, sources claimed, was planning to carry out an attack on the Aurangabad ATS unit. The group was also allegedly planning to target former SP Navinchandra Reddy, who had killed an alleged operative of the banned SIMI in 2012.

According to sources, Ahmed, who runs a mobile phone repair shop in Parbhani, was inducted into the module by Khan, who worked in a mobile repair shop. The sources claimed that the two helped in procurement of materials used to prepare the Improvised Explosive Device to be used in the attack and also helped recce the targets.

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