The arrests of the seven persons were made after a massive manhunt was launched by Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad, along with the Assam Police, and Crime Branch last week in Assam as well as Uttar Pradesh after the arrest of suspected Hizb-ul Mujahideen terrorist Qamar-us-Zaman in Kanpur.
Pallav Bhattacharyya, Special Director General of Police (Assam) while confirming the developments reportedly said, “So far seven members of Hizb-ul Mujahideen have been apprehended. If you look at the history of Assam, several foreign-based extremist organisations tried to gain foot-hold here but none succeeded. We are confident of being able to neutralise them with help of people of Assam.”
On September 15, two men, identified as Saidul Alam and Omar Farooq, were arrested for alleged links with Zaman.
On September 17 police arrested Saifudin brother of Qamar-uz-Zaman. He was produced in the court and was sent to 10 day police remand.
Bhattacharyya said, “Police is interrogating Saifudin.”
Three other linkmen were arrested named Riazudin Bhuyan, Jainal Ahmad and Bharul Islam.
“We are analyzing various inputs as to for what this outfit was here,” Bhattacharyya added.