Kolkata police STF arrest 3 suspected Al-Qaeda operatives

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Kolkata police STF arrest 3 suspected Al-Qaeda operatives

Police claim they have recovered Al-Qaeda literature along with other materials like laptop and pen drives. It has also recovered books on how to make explosives and visiting cards of chemical stores in the city from the arrested men.

The Special Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata police has arrested three suspected Al-Qaeda men in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) operatives including two Bangladeshi nationals.

The three persons, indentified as Shamshad Mian (26) alias Tushar Biswas, Riyaz alias Riyazul Islam (25) and Monotosh Dey (46) were arrested Tuesday afternoon from the Kolkata railway station based on intelligence inputs from the central Intelligence Bureau (IB).

Shamshad Mian, a civil engineer and Riyazul Islam are both Bangladeshi nationals and belong to the banned Ansar Bangla outfit in the country.

The third member of the module, Monotosh is a resident of Basirhat in North 24 Pargana district. While Shamshad is a resident of Sylhet, Riyaz hails from Khulna district of Bangladesh.

Police claim they have recovered Al-Qaeda literature along with other materials like laptop and pen drives. It has also recovered books on how to make explosives and visiting cards of chemical stores in the city from the arrested men.

"We have recovered a lot of documents. We have to thoroughly examine them. We have been searching for them in Kolkata and adjoining areas ever since we received specific information from central IB," informed Murli Dhar Sharma, Deputy Commissioner (STF) of Kolkata Police.

The trio were planning to purchase arms from the Kolkata via Monotosh who apparently work as an arms dealer.

"Shamshad and Riyaz had got in touch with Monotosh. They had called him to the Kolkata station to check arms samples," Sharma added.

According to police, Shamshad Mian had procured a fake Aadhar cards. Preliminary interrogation has revealed that the two Bangladeshi national had been living in India for more than a year, say police.