Bengaluru madrasa teacher alleged for links with al Qaeda



New Delhi: Early today, the Delhi police arrested a suspect member of the terrorist outfit al Qaeda in Bengaluru, who was working as a madrasa teacher. This comes right after the reeling attack at Pathankot airbase in Punjab.

The suspect has been identified as Maulana Anzar Shah who was arrested on Wednesday night.

Sources claim that the man was planning to carry out a series of terror strikes in the country.

“The aim of the group was to attack some prominent leaders along with the crowded and tourist places,” said sources from the Delhi police department.

The suspect was brought to Delhi on a transit remand. He will be produced before the Patiala House court in Delhi. Shah will be kept in police custody till January 20.

Shah was arrested by the anti-terrorist Special Cell wing of Delhi Police. The police are taking on an operation against al-Qaida in the Indian sub-continent (AQIS).

According to sources, the special cell had arrested two AQIS operatives Zafar Masood and Abdul Rehman. In the interrogation, Shah’s name had popped up in the interrogation.

Another terrorist in custody, Mohammed Asif, the recruitment and training head of AQIS. He had also confessed to meeting Shah at a religious congregation in Bengaluru, sources said.

Shah, reactivated himself to provide logistical support when contacted by the AQIS operatives. The Special Cell also has the details of financial transaction between them and Shah, the source added.