Four terrorists having alleged links to Hizbul Mujahideen have been arrested by security personnel in Assam in what is one of the biggest crackdown on the terror organization. It comes three days after the Uttar Pradesh ATS managed to get hold of Qamar-uz-Zaman from Kanpur, which brought out the further arrests.
Omar Farooque, Shahnawaz Alam, Saidul Alam and Saiful Islam, alais Liton, were arrested by police forces over the past 48 hours in Assam. One of the four arrested, Saiful Islam alais Liton, is the elder brother of Qamar uz Zaman, who was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh ATS on September 12.
Police sources have revealed that Omar Farooque was given Rs 30,000 by Qamer Uz Zaman as expense to work for the Hizbul. It is also reported that Omar had confessed about the money from Qamer, as well as giving him shelter during his visit to Assam.
On Saturday, a team of Lucknow ATS had arrived in Guwahati before leaving for Hojai and Meghalaya. They investigated Qamer's link in the region. Prior to this on Friday, the Police had also confirmed that Shahnawaz Alam, who is a friend of Qamer Uz Zaman, was being radicalized by him and he was planning to flee from the state to join the terrorist organization.
This all stems after Uttar Pradesh ATS arrested Qamar-uz-Zaman from Kanpur. Speaking about his arrest, DGP of UP Police, OP Singh said, "ATS has arrested a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist from Kanpur. He apparently had plans to attack on occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. During questioning he told us that he had gone for training to Kashmir in April 2017. He is of Indian nationality & is a literate person"
Soon after his arrest, Qamar's mother asked for strictest of punishment against her son. She said, "Any child who goes against the country is of no use. Birthplace is Assam, we live in Assam and if that boy goes against Assam, I don't want him. The administration can do whatever they want. Kill him, lynch him, I don't have any objection. I have only one thing to say, I don't want him."
Qamer Uz Zaman, alias Dr. Hurairah, a most-wanted Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, was arrested from Kanpur on September 12. Qamer hails from the Hojai district of Assam. He reportedly joined the terror outfit in 2017 at which point he stopped contacting his family.