The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has said in a statement that it has arrested Samim Ansari, the tenth accused in its probe into the Al-Qaeda module in West Bengal, in Murshidabad.
The arrest, NIA said, was made in association with the Special Task Force of West Bengal. Ansari will be produced before a special court in Delhi, it said. The agency earlier made six arrests from Murshidabad and three from Ernakulam.
Sources said Ansari worked in Kerala for three years and returned to Nowdapara village in Murshidabad a year ago. He now works as a mason.
“He has no connection with terrorists and is being falsely implicated,” said his wife Chand Tara Bibi.
‘My husband is being falsely implicated’: wife of al-Qaeda suspect
The wife of a suspected al-Qaeda operative currently being questioned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) claimed on Sunday that her husband was being falsely implicated.
The investigating agency confirmed the arrest of 25-year-old Shamim Ansari, who had been detained from his home in Nowdapara village in Murshidabad’s Jalangi area on Friday evening. The arrest was carried out with the assistance of the West Bengal Special Task Force (STF).
“He has no connection with terrorists and is being falsely implicated. Some people in police uniform and civil dress came and picked him up,” said Chand Tara Bibi.
Ansari’s family members claimed that they were not provided a proper explanation for his arrest. “He was produced before CJM Murshidabad, and his transit remand has been taken. He will be subsequently produced before NIA special court, New Delhi,” the agency said in a statement.
According to sources, Shamim worked in Kerala for three years. About a year ago, he returned to his village, where he kept working as a mason.
He is the 10th person to be arrested by the NIA in connection with its investigation. Apart from six people arrested in Murshidabad, three Bengali-speaking labourers were arrested in Ernakulam in Kerala on September 19. The NIA suspects that al-Qaeda was trying to gain a toehold among Bengali-speaking labourers in the southern state.
The group is believed to have been radicalised and sponsored by a Pakistan-based al-Qaeda module. They were allegedly planning to attack vital installations across India, including the Delhi-NCR region.
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