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Madani sent 30 to Pak terror camps

Madani sent 30 to Pak terror camps

Author: Rahul Tripathi
Publication: The Times of India
Date: June 6, 2009

Interrogation of 50-year-old Mohammad Umer Madani, arrested by the special cell of the Delhi police on Thursday, has revealed that he, along with Mohammad Usman -head of the Nepal operations - has recruited more than 30 terrorists from India and Nepal and sent them for training to Pakistan over the past 10 years.

Madani, who belongs to Madhubani in Bihar, had handpicked people, particularly from Jharkhand, and sent them for training. The investigators are puzzled why Madani was recruiting people from Jharkhand and said they would question him on the names and whereabouts of the recruited militants.

The police have so far identified four persons who were recruited by Madani. One of them, Kamal Ansari, was arrested by the Mumbai police in 2006 for his alleged involvement in local train blasts. Three more militants were arrested by the special cell of Delhi Police in 2004 and explosives and surgical equipment were seized from them. "Madani, along with his chief, Saifullah, has launched a surgical equipment firm in Nepal with the name of Khan Traders and three of their recruits were caught while trying to ship explosives along with the surgical equipment,'' added a cop. A madarsa teacher, Madani received his initial education from a madarsa in Varanasi where his father, Shams Ul-Haq, was also a teacher. His father in 1983 shifted base to Nepal where he opened several madarsas. In 1996-97, Madani - who can speak Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, English, Bengali and Nepali - was initiated into "jehadi activities'' after he was motivated by two Markaz-Dawa-Wal-Irshad members. Madani's brother, Hafiz Mohd Zubair (40), is also in LeT and operates from Qatar. "On their instructions, he visited Lahore in 1997. The next year he took Daura-e-Aam and Daura-e-Khas training in LeT camps. During this visit, he was called by top leaders of JuD and LeT and assigned the task of setting up a strong base in Nepal for easy infiltration into India,'' said ACP Sanjeev Yadav.

"He was also assigned the task of recruiting youths from India and Nepal for terror activities. In 2000, when he visited Pakistan, he was asked to pump in terror funds into India through Nepal. Madani then allegedly came in contact with Saifullah who came to Nepal and opened several accounts in banks across the country to facilitate flow of money from Pakistan to Nepal. "He was also asked to provide logistical support to terrorists staying in Nepal before they could be sent to India to carry out strikes,'' said a police officer. Madani had opened a travel company in Kathmandu and a surgical equipment shop too to deflect attention from their activities.

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