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Al Badr Chief, associate arrested, 4 kg RDX seized

Al Badr Chief, associate arrested, 4 kg RDX seized

Publication: www.expressindia.com
Date: June 20, 2000

NEW DELHI: The Special cell of Delhi police has nabbed self-styled chief commander of Al-Badr militant outfit Saifullah, a Pakistani National, and his Indian associate Muneer Ahmed and seized 4 kg RDX, two pencil timers and five detonators from their possession,reports PTI.

Acting on a tip-off, the special cell team, led by inspector Ram Mehar apprehended Saifullah (27) alias Wahid alias Jaffar and Muneer (33) from the parking area on the Ajmeri gate side of New Delhi Railway Sation last evening, Police Commissioner Ajai Raj Sharma told reporters today. The two have since been remanded in police custody for five days.

Mr Sharma said the special cell had been pursuing an intelligence input for the last 15 days that the ISI of Pakistan had deputed some militants to prepare ''safe houses'' in the capital to execute some explosions in the city. ''we have received a lot of intelligence inputs from the intelligence bureau,'' he said.

During intensive interrogation, Saifullah disclosed that he had taken over the mantle of leadership of Al-Badr six months back as the Former Chief lukmaan had left for Pakistan. ''Saifullah was involved in more than 30 cases of serious crime including killing of Security Personnel, politicians and those who were fighting militancy in the valley,'' he said.

Saifullah, who belongs to Gujranwala in Pakistan, was trained by the ISI at Kotli in Pak-Occupied Kashmir (POK) in handling of explosives and guerrilla warfare and infiltrated into India along with five associates in 1997 through the Kupwara area. Muneer has been associated with various militant outfits in the valley after joining militancy in 1989. ''Munner was a conduit between the militant outfits and the ISI,'' The police commissioner said.

The militant who delivered the consignment of explosives to Saifullah after he reached delhi, has been identified and a hunt is on to apprehend him.

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