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'Recruiter' of terror suspect detained in UAE: Police

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Farooq Devadiwala, allegedly the of a terror suspect arrested in last week, has been detained by the law enforcement agencies in the United Arab Emirates, a senior police said here today.

Faizal Hassan Mirza, a distant relative of Devadiwala, was arrested on May 11 for allegedly plotting attacks in Mumbai, and The action against Devadiwala followed Mirza's arrest, the said.

When asked if Devadiwala would be deported to India, the said it was a "distinct possibility".

UAE officials are questioning Devadiwala about his alleged role in recruiting people and sending them to terror training camps in Pakistan, he said.

Devadiwala is suspected to have links with fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim's Chhota Shakil, and is wanted in terror-related cases in Mumbai, the official added.

Devadiwala allegedly recruited Mirza to work for an outfit backed by the Islamic State group and carry out terror activities in Mumbai, and Uttar Pradesh, he said.

Mirza allegedly planned to assassinate prominent people and target crowded places by carrying out suicide bombings, the official said.

Devadiwala arranged tickets for Mirza to visit Sharjah and arranged his travel further on a Dubai-flight, which had a transit halt at in Pakistan, the official said.

Mirza was asked to deplane at the airport, from where he was sent to a terror training camp, the official said.

He was arrested on Friday by the ATS in a joint operation with and Police.

After returning to Mumbai, Mirza was awaiting orders from his handlers to carry out attacks, police had said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 21:40 IST
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