Delhi Police arrests Al-Qaeda operative Shauman Haq

Delhi Police arrests Al-Qaeda operative Shauman Haq

A British national Al Qaeda terrorist on a mission to radicalise Rohingya Muslims to fight in Myanmar has been arrested in Delhi, police said on Monday. This 27-years-old individual was arrested near Vikas Marg yesterday following a tip-off by Delhi Police's Special Cell, said the police official.

DCP Kushwaha said that he was in touch with many people in India, where the police have identified a few of them, through him, but added that they are working on it. The al-qaida operative belongs to Bangladesh and it is suspected that he has links with Rohingyas.

Counter terrorism experts recently told American legislators that al-Qaeda was becoming more active in the Indian subcontinent - specifically, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

"In 2013, he ran away to South Africa and joined an al-Qaeda franchise".

He was in contact with his outfit members via Facebook, WhatsApp and telegram and after being released on bail, he contacted Muhammad al-Jawlani, head of al-Nusrah Front, who directed him to go to India.

Sources also said that Haq may have been planning an attack in Delhi.

"In 2014, he was sent to Bangladesh". He was arrested on arrival in connection with a terror funding case.

When he got out of the jail through bail, he was directed to come to India. "He is a hardcore terrorist, who has been part of the battles", he further said. However, he was arrested in Bangladesh for terrorist activities in 2014 and after imprisonment of about three years, he was released on bail in April this year, the official said. Central agencies and West Bengal police also cooperated with the Delhi police in the operation.