2 more terror suspects arrested by Pune ATS

Prateek Goyal
Monday, 19 March 2018

“On primary enquiry, it is found that they are Bangladeshi nationals and are staying illegally without any valid travel documents. Also, it is found that they are in possession of forged documents like Pan card and Aadhaar card." a senior ATS officer said.

PUNE: After the arrest of three Bangladeshi nationals, on Friday, who are suspected to have links with a terrorist organisation, Pune ATS has taken two more suspects into its custody, who have been arrested from Mumbai late night Friday.

The two suspects have been identified as Raj Mandal and Mohammad Hasan Mohammad Amir.

According to a source in ATS, Mandal and Amir are Bangladeshi nationals and were residing in Mumbai. He said, “These two are also associated with Ansarul Bangla Team (ABT) and were in contact with the other three who were arrested from Pune. Raj Mandal is the person, who has prepared all the fake identification documents for the other four.”

The arrest of the three persons on Friday from Pune was made by the joint team of Military Intelligence and ATS. The suspects, who were arrested in Pune, were identified as Mohammad Habibur Rahman alias Raj Jesub, Mohammad Ripon Hossain, both residents of Satani Pushkali in Khulna district of Bangladesh and Mohammad Hornan Anwar Husain Khan, a resident of Birajikundi in Shariyatpur district of Bangladesh

“Raj Mandal, who was arrested from Mumbai, has also given the fictitious name of Raj Jesub Mandal to Mohammad Habibur Rahman in order to hide his identity,” added the source.

The agencies suspect that they have links with Ansarul Bangla Team (ABT), a terror outfit of Bangladesh and front organisation of Al Qaida. 

Acting on specific input about illegal Bangladeshi migrants staying in Wanowrie and Akurdi areas, and ABT members, an ATS and Military Intelligence team initially apprehended Mohammad Habibur Rahman from Bhairoba Nala in Pune cantonment area and based on information provided by him apprehended two others from Akurdi. 

“On primary enquiry, it is found that they are Bangladeshi nationals and are staying illegally without any valid travel documents. Also, it is found that they are in possession of forged documents like Pan card and Aadhaar card. It is also primarily revealed that they provided shelter and other help to few ABT members during their stay in Pune. An FIR has been registered against them with ATS police station for offences under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and sections 465, 467, 468, 471 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sec 3,6 Passport (entry Into India) Rules 1955 and Foreigners Order 1948 read with section 14 of Foreigners Act 1946. We are producing them before the court today,” a senior ATS officer said.

Two of the suspects are aged 25 years and one of them is a 31-year-old. Two of them are natives of Satani Pushkali in Khulna district of Bangladesh and one of the suspects hails from Birajikundi in Shariyatpur district of Bangladesh. 

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- The two suspects have been identified as Raj Mandal and Mohammad Hasan Mohammad Amir.
- The agencies suspect that they have links with ABT, a front organisation of Al Qaida. 

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