Sunday, June 7, 2009

Madani visited Bangladesh, Gulf; gets fund from Pak: police

Madani visited Bangladesh, Gulf; gets fund from Pak: police

New Delhi (PTI) Mohd Omar Madani, one of the key "talent spotters" of Lashkar-e-Taiba in the sub continent, visited Bangladesh and Gulf countries several times and received fund mainly from Pakistan, police said on Sunday.

Madani, who was assigned the task of recruiting educated and computer savvy youths from the metros of the country, also met LeT contacts in Patna and Aligarh to hand over money and instructions before he was arrested in Delhi on June 5.

The 50-year-old madrassa teacher, a Nepali citizen of Indian origin, was caught by Delhi Police's elite anti-terror wing, Special Cell, from near Qutub Minar when he arrived to hand-over money to a contact for recruiting people.

"We have information that he travelled to Bangladesh and Gulf countries several times in the past 10 years. We are interrogating him to unravel the whole network," a senior police official said.


Madani was also instrumental in setting up a terror module in Bangladesh and developing that country as a transit point for sending "selected youths" for training at terrorist camps in Pakistan, the official claimed.

Investigators also said they have come across some email addresses in the diaries seized from him. "We are trying to find out who are these people. He had already revealed the identity of about 15 people recruited by him," they said.

They also claimed that his funding mainly came from Pakistan.

Police have also come across a bank account of Madani operated in a Kathmandu bank which has "millions of Nepali rupees".

Meanwhile, the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Madhya Pradesh is in the city to interrogate Madani to know whether he had some links with banned SIMI general secretary Safdar Nagori, who was arrested last year.

Asked whether police are planning to take Madani to places like Aligarh and Kerala, where he was assigned to recruit people from, the official said, "If there is a requirement, we will take him. As of now, there are no plans."

According to the Special Cell, Madani was in touch with other LeT key functionaries like Hafiz Sayeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman and Mohd Yakub who asked him to recruit two youngsters each from the four main metros in India for terror training.

Madani was also asked to recruit from coastal areas who were good sailors and interested in shipping, young men who have worked in fireworks factory and a person in Jammu to carry money to Srinagar.

The accused is currently in 14-day police custody.


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