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Terrorist-recruiter held in Hyderabad

Terrorist-recruiter held in Hyderabad

Author: P Pavan
Publication: Mumbai Mirror
Date: January 22, 2009

Introduction: Mobile calls to in-laws help cops track down Abdul Sattar who allegedly brainwashed about 35 youths from Kerala and Karnataka

A court on Wednesday handed custody of Abdul Sattar, suspected of recruiting youths from Kerala and Karnataka for terrorism, to the Karnataka police. Sattar is suspected of being the key person filtering potential recruits, giving them preliminary military training in Hyderabad before sending them to Pakistan via J&K. He was arrested on Tuesday.

Sattar, along with his alleged aide Sheikh Abdul Jabbar, is suspected of brainwashing up to 35 youths. He is wanted by police in several states, including AP, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Delhi.

He is a radio mechanic and electric equipment merchant based in Kerala. He came to Hyderabad in 2004 and established contact with madarsa teachers in Jamia Arifia Nooria at Bandlaguda, on the city's outskirts.

He and Jabbar, who is from Malappuram district in Kerala, married girls from same family at Bandlaguda. Police have been on Sattar's tail since the bomb blast at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad in May 2007.

Last November, the Kerala police arrested Jabbar from his inlaws' place where he had gone to see his wife and children. Sattar is also suspected of visiting his family. Police tracked him down by monitoring calls from his mobile phone.

According to the police, Sattar confessed to designing and supplying material for the blasts in Hyderabad, and those in Bangalore (July 25, 2008) and Ahmedabad (July 26, 2008), which have been attributed to Indian Mujahideen. But intelligence officers got no clue about the training camps. "We got clues about their role in preparing youths for jihad," a source said.

The duo came under the police scanner after four youths from Kerala were gunned down in J&K while trying to cross into Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.

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