JAMSHEDPUR: The two al Qaeda operatives, remanded in police custody by a local court today, were involved in radicalisation of youths during their frequent visits to Jamshedpur, a top police official said.
Abdul Rehman Katki, who was arrested by STF team of Delhi from Cuttack in December last and Abdul Sami, arrested from Haryana in January last, were taken on seven days' remand today, East Singhbhum district SSP Anoop T Mathew said today.
The duo will be interrogated about their possible network in the steel city as well as in the entire Jharkhand, he said.
Sami had already confessed that he had received training in Pakistan.
Mathew said both of them were involved in motivating youths here to join their organisation.
Mathew, who was accompanied by Superintendent of Police (City), Chandan Jha, said in January the district police had apprehended two other suspected operatives - Ahmed Masood Akram Sheikh alias Masood alias Monu from Dhatkidih and Nasim Akhtar alias Raju from Road number 6, Zakirnagar.
"We will question the accused from all possible angles including the information of sleeper cells functioning in the steel city, about their active members, their network in the city as well as Jharkhand," Mathew said.
Police will also probe whether any of their member in the network had procured training abroad, he said.
If required, we will also take Masood and Raju on remand and question in the presence of the other two, he said, admitting that an ATS team from Delhi may also visit the city to interrogate them.
Both Katki and Sami were taken to Ghaghidih Jail amid tight security arrangements.