GUWAHATI, Sept 23: Police have arrested a suspected Hizbul Mujahideen operative from Kheroni area in West Karbi Anglong on Saturday night. With this, the number of total Hizbul Mujahideen operatives arrested in the state has gone up to eight in the last one week.
A senior police official here said the police have arrested one Abhimanyu Chouhan from No 1 Mosoka under Kheroni Police Station on the basis of the inputs provided by the arrested terrorist Qamar-uz-Zaman that a top operative of the terror group had visited Assam in February last and held a meeting with Abhimanyu somewhere in Karbi Anglong.
According to the report, Chouhan hails from Lumding and he went to the house of a relative in Kheroni from where police picked him up on Saturday night.
Police are also looking for a religious preacher for his nexus with the terror operatives to expand their network to Assam and Northeast.
Earlier, police have arrested seven suspected terrorists, including Qamar-uz-Zaman’s elder brother Saiful Islam alias Liton from jamunamukh in Hojai district.
Qamar-uz-Zaman is the same person whose photograph was appeared in the social media with an AK-47 rifle as a Hizbul ultra.
The arrests have been made after Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh Police arrested an Assam origin Zamana from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh on September 13.
A day after Zaman’s arrest, the police have arrested four operatives from different locations of the state.
“We have so far arrested eight persons including Qamar-uz-Zaman’s childhood friend 39-year-old Shahnawaz Alam, his elder brother Saiful Islam,” a senior police official said.
The terrorist group also tried to set up base camps in Assam and Meghalaya besides procuring arms from Nagaland-based arms dealers, separatist groups, the police official said adding that a Jammu and Kashmir origin leader of Hizbul Mujahideen came to Assam few months back and held several meetings with some people and a religious preacher.
The Hizbul Mujahideen leader had visited several areas of Assam and Meghalaya, the police official said.
Police have also arrested three persons from Barpeta district on Saturday night for their alleged links with Zaman. They were identified as Nasir-uz-Zaman, Shahjahan Ali and Hemanta Deka.
As the police continued to bust Hizbul Mujahideen module in Hojai district, hundreds of Muslim community people on Saturday took out a protest rally against terrorism at Nilbagan area in the district.
The Muslim people shouted against the terrorism and urged all Muslim community people in the state to come out against the terrorism.