Al-Qaeda operative who wanted to radicalise Rohingya Muslims arrested in Delhi

In a huge victory for the intelligence agencies and the police, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi-origin al-Qaeda operative was arrested from east Delhi. His motive was to train and radicalise Rohingyas for fighting the Myanmar’s Army.

The British national claimed that his real name was Shoman Haq and even showed fake voter ID card in order to mislead the police. But it was soon found out that his real name was Samiun Rahman aka Raju Bhai.

Rahman was on Delhi Police Special Cell’s radar since July. It was learnt that a man named ‘Raju Bhai’ of Al-Qaeda was trying to set up base in Delhi. Sources were deployed in the NCR and other states, and it was further learnt that Rahman was attempting to recruit people for the purpose of jihad.

On Sunday, the police learnt that Rahman would come to Vikas Marg, Shakarpur near ITO, to meet a probable jihadist recruit. He was nabbed, and a9 mm pistol, laptop, mobile phones, $2,000 – 13,000 in Bangladeshi currency and Indian rupees – were recovered from him.

It was found that Rahman was a trained militant and had visited Morocco, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Turkey, Syria and Bangladesh apart from India for terrorist activities. He had even fought in Syria as a member of Jabhat Al Nusra, an affiliate of al-Qaeda in Syria.

After obtaining training in Al-Qaeda ideology, he fought in Syria. The ‘atrocities’ on Rohingyas came to their knowledge after which Rahman was selected to raise a fighter group for the purpose. He arrived to Bangladesh in 2014 to radicalise youth. He visited Dhaka and other places and radicalised dozens of young people for their entry into Myanmar from Chittagong. But he was arrested in Bangladesh for terrorist activities and imprisoned for 3 years. In April 2017, he was released on bail.

After being released, he contacted Muhammad al-Jawlani, head of al-Nusrah Front, who directed him to go to India.In July, he entered India with the objective of setting up base in Mizoram and Manipur to fight for Rohingya Muslims.Throughout this period he stayed at different madrasas.

Ever since Narendra Modi came to power, it is quite apparent that the security apparatus has gained new energy. Before 2014, it wasn’t surprising to hear of terror attacks throughout cities in India. But since then, we haven’t had any such attacks, fingers crossed. Right from the BSF and army on the border to our police and intelligence agencies, all have shown proactive moves to tackle terror, and Ajit Doval must be given credit for this.

Vinayak Jain