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'Kingpin of Al Qaeda-inspired module wanted to wage jihad'

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Dawood Suleiman, the key leader of Al Qaeda-inspired "Base Movement" module who was arrested in connection with his alleged role over a series of blasts in complexes in South India, wanted to wage jihad against the country, an NIA special public prosecutor said today.

"This was jihad... He (Suleiman) wanted to wage jihad. Several sections under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Explosives Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act have been invoked against him," Special Public Prosecutor, NIA C S S Pillai told PTI after moving a plea in a here today for the accused's transit remand.

After the XI Metropolitan Magistrate here granted transit remand for Suleiman, who was produced before it, he was taken by NIA sleuths to by a 7.30 pm flight.

23-year-old Suleiman had done in an engineering college in Erode, an NIA official said, adding he had allegedly confessed to planting a bomb in the Mysuru court.

He had also allegedly participated in other illegal activities of the group and will be produced before the 49th Additional City Civil and Sessions Court in Bengaluru, the official said.

According to an NIA release yesterday, Suleiman, a native of Madurai who was residing and working in a software firm here, was the main leader of the terrorist gang.

He was arrested by a team of NIA officials led by Superintendent of Police, NIA L R Kumar yesterday.

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First Published: Tue, November 29 2016. 20:28 IST