NEW DELHI: Delhi police has arrested a suspect of Al Qaeda from east Delhi who had come from Syria to recruit youths from Delhi and his mission was to save Rohingya Muslims. According to the police the British National identified as Samium Rahaman alias Shumon Haq has radicalized a dozen of youth in Bangladesh to fight for Rohingya Muslims.
Sources have confirmed to The New Indian Express that accused was in Delhi to identify youth from different parts of Delhi so that he can radicalize them in anti-national activities. Rahaman was supposed to recruit at least half a dozen youths by March next year and wanted them to travel to north-east India. He was in touch with few people residing in east Delhi who were supposed to meet Rahaman soon. Cops have claimed that accused has visited Morocco, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Turkey, Syria, Bangladesh, and India for terrorist activities.
“In the month of July 2017, an information was received in Special Cell from deployed sources that one Raju Bhai of terrorist organization Al-Qaeda is trying to set up its base in Delhi to carry out terrorist activities in India,” DCP Special Cell Pramod Kushwah said. During spot interrogation, it was found that suspect is an active militant of Al Qaeda since the year 2013. He has fought in Syria as a member of Jabhat Al Nusra ( An affiliate of Al Qaeda in Syria) against Syrian Government forces.
“While being in Syria, their group came to know about the atrocities on Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar. With his Bangladesh background, he was selected to raise a fighter group there. In the year 2014, he arrived in Bangladesh to radicalize youths to join Al Qaeda. He visited Silhet, Nabiganj, Dhaka and other places and radicalized r dozens of youths in Bangladesh for their entry into Myanmar from Chittagong Bangladesh side,” Delhi police said.
Rahaman entered in Delhi two months back so that he can set up base in Mizoram and Manipur to raise funds and radicalize youths to fight for the cause of Rohingya Muslims. “He was also planning to carry out terrorist incidents by collecting and training radicalized youths in Delhi and other parts of India. He was in Delhi/NCR to try and set up a base for Al Qaeda outfit and recruit cadres for Jihad,” DCP Special cell added. “It has found that he was in touch with almost half a dozen of youth residing in Delhi and he was about to meet them. Rahaman also lured them by showing some photographs when he was in a different country,” a senior official said.