NIA arrests accused Habibur Rahman in LeT conspiracy case

The National Investigation Agency on Sunday arrested Lashkar-e Toiba (LeT) terrorist Habibur Rahaman Habib from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport.

He was wanted in a terror case and a NBW was earlier issued by the Delhi Special NIA Court against him.

The probe agency, acting on a specific input that accused Habibur Rahaman Habib, presently based in Riyadh was coming to India on a flight from Riyadh to New Delhi, an NIA team arrested the accused from IGI Airport.

Rahman, a resident of Odisha, was one of the handlers of LeT terrorist Shaikh Abdul Naeem alias Nomi who was initially arrested in 2007 while trying to infiltrate two Pakistani and one Kashmiri terrorist into India through Bangladesh.

Naeem later on escaped from custody while he was being taken for court attendance to Maharashtra from Kolkata in August, 2014. After his escape from custody, he again started his nefarious activities on the directions of his handlers based in Pakistan and in Saudi Arabia.

A well-established conspiracy was hatched between the accused for targeting vulnerable locations in India with intent of causing maximum damage.

Naeem was tasked to identify locations where terrorist attacks could be carried out. For this purpose, Naeem assumed different fake identities and visited different states including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh and did reconnaissance of possible targets for terrorist attacks.

Rahman, who is affiliated to proscribed terrorist organisation LeT, arranged shelter or hideouts and funds for Naeem on different occasions for carrying out terrorist activities in India on the directions of the LeT commander Amjad alias Rehan who is based in Pakistan.

Naeem was arrested by NIA in November 2017 and he has been chargesheeted along with 10 other co-accused including Habibur Rehman by NIA.

“Accused Habibur Rahman was produced on Monday in NIA court, seeking his custodial interrogation”, the probe agency release said here on Monday.


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