Police on Monday picked up three persons who were moving under suspicious circumstances near the National Investigation Agency (NIA) office at Begumpet and brought them to the police station.
They later turned out to be engineering graduates from Bidar in Karnataka, who came to the city to appear for an interview, and were let off. Police picked them up when they were searching for the address of a consultancy in Begumpet, close to the NIA office.
The sleuths were on alert as two alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives, Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan, are being questioned in the NIA office.
Sporting long beards and with bags hanging from their shoulders, Abdul Jaafar, Syed Khan and Syed Mudanar, who have completed their engineering course, arrived at Secunderabad railway station and went to Begumpet to appear for an interview.
As they are new to the city, they lost their way while trying to locate the consultancy located near Mayuri Marg in Begumpet. The youngsters came near the NIA office during their search.
Police who were patrolling the area noticed them and picked them up.
Begumpet inspector Y Narasimha Reddy said after questioning the trio, they contacted Bidar police and verified the residential addresses of the youngsters in Bidar. After their parents confirming that their sons went to Hyderabad to appear for an interview and stated their names, age and college names, police let off the three.
However, in the process, they reportedly missed the interview and returned to Bidar.