Hyderabad: Two weeks after two alleged Simi operatives were arrested by the Gopalapuram police while trying to get help from Hyderabad to join terror outfit Al Qaeda, Special Investigation Team officials raided their houses and shop in Maharashtra. The team has seized the hard disks of two computers used by Shah Mudassir after raiding his shop at Umarkhed in Yavatmal district.
Gopalapuram police had arrested 25-year-old Mudassir, who used to run a shop at Umarkhed along with his close friend Shoeb Ahmed Khan alias Tariq Bhai, 24, an associate of Mansoor Ali Peerboy (media in-charge of Indian Mujahideen, Pune Module), on October 22. Tariq hails from the Hingoli district of Maharashtra.
The SIT reached Umarkhed on Tuesday and conducted thorough searches at Mudassir’s shop and house apparently to look for any evidence of his association, if any, with any Afghanistan-based terrorist outfit. Mudassir used to run a computer-cum-mobile shop.
According to police, the duo were in touch with Pakistani and Afghan nationals, and allegedly had shown interest in going to Afghanistan to get training from al-Qaeda. They allegedly contacted a man named Motasim Billah from Saidabad to get funds for their journey.
Police said, the duo made these contacts using Facebook and other social media networking sites.They also showed interest in carrying out terror attacks in India, said an official....