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Key HuJI man held in Hyderabad

Posted by :) on January 19, 2010

Prize Catch – Amjad Is Also Lashkar’s Commander For South India



Hyderabad: In what authorities are dubbing a prize catch, Hyderabad city  police have nabbed Shaik Abdul Khaja alias Amjad, the Lashkare-Taiba ( LeT ) south India commander and also key HuJI operative. Police said that man linked to the key suspect in the May 2007 Mecca Masjid bombing was arrested on Monday from Hyderabad city limits.

Hyderabad police commissioner B Prasada Rao told reporters Khaja, 27, was a resident of Moosaram Bagh and has been absconding since 2005. He was arrested by a SIT team of the city police at Afzalgunj, he said.
But questions swirled about the arrest. While Hyderabad police claimed credit on Monday, Tamil Nadu police had said a day earlier that a joint team of officers drawn from TN, AP, West Bengal police as well as central security agencies had arrested Khaja in Chennai on a tip off from a Huji activist arrested earlier in Kolkata. AP police denied there was any joint action involving cops from other states.
Prasada Rao said Khaja was known in his family circles as Pappu and was in Hyderabad for a recce for a terror attack. At the time of the arrest, he had in his possession $348; Saudi riyal 313; UAE dirham 225; Pakistani rupees 28,640 and Bangladesh taka 348, he said.
According to sources, Khaja was a close friend of Mohammed Abdul Shahid Bilal, a primary suspect in the Mecca Masjid blast. Khaja and Bilal, whose parents hailed from Nalgonda district, lived in the same locality. The two got involved in a dispute with BJP activist Babji who was trying to install a Ganesh idol in front of Madina mosque in the locality in 2003, and were booked in an attempt to murder case and sent to prison. When they came out on bail, the duo reportedly escaped to Saudi Arabia.
Bilal and Khaja, cops in Hyderabad claimed, underwent terror training in Pakistan. Khaja was made LeT south India chief when Bilal was killed in Karachi on August 31, 2007.
Commissioner Rao said Khaja was being guided by the ISI and recruiting youth for various terror outfits including LeT and HuJI.
The two, cops claimed, recruited several youths from Hyderabad, like Raziuddin Naser, son of Maulana Naseeruddin, and Najiullah Aqeel, grandson of Shaik Mahaboob Ali, founder of Darsgah-e-Jihad Shahadat (DJS). Khaja is also linked to Abdul Rehman Hussain, an absconding accused based in Karachi, Abdul Bari alias Abu Hamza, Farhatullah Ghori alias Abu Sufiyan, Rafeeq, Mukthadir, all Hyderabadis who owe their allegiance to LeT and JeM.
Khaja’s mother Lateefa Begum told TOI that her son had been working in SaudiArabia for several years and was in contact with the family over the internet on a regular basis. She said she became suspicious about his whereabouts five days ago when he stopped surfacing on the net.
Khaja, the eldest among his siblings, is a graduate. He has one sister and two brothers — Shaikh Abdul Khader, who lives in Saudi Arabia, and Shaikh Abdul Kaleem.


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