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Suspected ISIS operative arrested in Barak Valley

OUR STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, Feb 24: The Assam Police is suspecting that one Alamgir Hussain arrested in Karimganj district in Barak Valley on Thursday might have links with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Hussain, a 38-year-old man was arrested from his Mission Road residence at Badarpur in Karimganj district with a Bangladesh passport. Sources told The Sentinel that Hussain had gone to Bangladesh in 1998 and maged a Bangladesh passport to go to Singapore in 2001. In 2008, he returned to Bangladesh from Singapore. In December 2008, Hussain maged to enter India and got married at Badarpur in Karimganj. After his marriage, Hussain again went to Bangladesh in the first part of 2009 and from there he went to Singapore. Hussain filly returned to Karimganj district in 2013 and started settling in Barak Valley. The accused is now the owner of two to three apartments and lands worth rupees several crores. Karimganj district Superintendent of Police Pradip Kar told The Sentinel on Friday evening that even though it would be too early to comment on Hussain’s link with the Islamic State and other fundamentalist forces, there are reasons to suspect about such links. He said police is trying to find out sources of money which Hussain accumulated in recent years.

“Hussain, during his interrogation, has confessed that he worked as daily wage earner in Singapore. Under such circumstances, there are reasons to suspect the sources of his money. We are also investigating as how could Hussain being an Indian had maged a Bangladesh passport and went to Singapore,” Kar added.

There are intelligence reports that several youths in Barak Valley districts are being lured by the fundamentalist forces based in neighbouring Bangladesh towards their ideology.

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