New Delhi: New Delhi: The Delhi Police have arrested an al-Qaeda terrorist from the national capital and said that he was planning to recruit men in Northeast India to fight alongside the Rohingyas in Myanmar.
Addressing a press conference hours after the news of the arrest broke, the Delhi Police said Shami-ur-Rehman was arrested by a team of the Delhi Police’s Special Cell on Sunday evening from Shakarpur bus stand on Vikas Marg in east Delhi.
P Kushwaha, DCP, Special Cell said, “A pistol, four 9mm cartridges, a laptop, a mobile phone, a Bangladeshi SIM card and foreign currency in Bangladeshi taka and US dollars has been seized from the terrorist. He was also in possession of a voter identity card issued to him in Kishangarh, Bihar.”
Kushwaha said Rehman is a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin. His father migrated to the UK in 1960s.
In a shocking revelation, police officialsthe said the al-Qaeda operative wanted to set up base in Mizoram and Manipur to recruit and train young men and send them to Myanmar to fight the Army there, which has been cracking down against Rohingya militants.
In fact, Rehman went to Bangladesh in 2014 as well to train Rohingyas already living there.
“He was associated with al-Qaeda since 2013 and had been to South Africa and Syria, where he also fought alongside rebel forces. In Bangladesh, he wanted to recruit and send people to Myanmar to fight the Army there. He even managed to radicalise over a dozen people in Bangladesh,” the DCP told the media.