Three people with alleged links to Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Qamar-uz-Zama have been arrested by the Assam police, a senior officer said today. Qamar-uz-Zama was already by the Uttar Pradesh’s police.
The three accused are being interrogated, Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia told reporters.
The three, identified as Shahnawaz Alam, Saidul Alam and Omar Faruk, were arrested from Hojai, Udali and Byrnihat, along the Assam-Meghalaya border, on Friday and Saturday, he said.
“The three persons had regular interaction with Zama and we are investigating the information provided by them (to him),” Mr Saikia said.
“We are also investigating Zama’s visit to Assam earlier this year (including) the places he visited, the persons with whom he stayed and the purpose of his visit, among other aspects,” he added.
Shahnawaz bought a SIM card for Zama by giving a fake identity card, while Saidul is a close friend of the terrorist and stayed with him in Jammu and Kashmir. Zama allegedly stayed with Omar in Guwahati during his last visit.
A resident of Assam, Zama was arrested on Thursday by Uttar Pradesh ATS following inputs from the National Investigation Agency that he planned to attack a temple in Kanpur during the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations and had conducted a recce.
A team of Uttar Pradesh ATS will be reaching Hojai to interrogate the three accused.