Pak soldier-turned-ultra sent to India for fomenting terror
Statesman News Service
Al Badar Terror from Pakistan caught in ticket queue in Kolkata
KOLKATA, March 19: Officers of Kolkata police’s Special Task Force (STF) arrested a former Pakistani soldier in Fairlie Place this afternoon on charges of attempting to sponsor terrorist activities in India. Police said 27-year-old Sahabaz Ismail, had links with Al Badar, a Pakistan-based terrorist outfit.
Sahabaz entered India from Bangladesh through the porous border in Murshidabad yesterday on a “specific assignment” that was handed to him by senior Al Badar members. He had planned to move to Jammu and Kashmir by train. He came to purchase a railway ticket at Fairlie Place today. Acting on a tip off from the Border Security Force (BSF) authorities, STF officers rounded him up near Fairlie Place around 3 p.m. today, said STF chief Mr Rajiv Kumar.
Sahabaz, who used to work as a ranger with the Pakistani border force had left his job last year and joined a terrorist organisation. “During questioning, he confessed that he came to India for sponsoring terrorist activities in this country. He flew to Dhaka from Pakistan a few days ago and entered India through the porous border in Murshidabad yesterday,” Mr Kumar said. According to him, Sahabaz, a resident of Sumali village in Dera Ghazi Khan district in Punjab province of Pakistan, joined the Pakistani border force in December, 2004. His father’s name is Mr Golam Farooq, a resident of Tehsa area in Pakistan. Sahabaz was posted at an outpost in Sialkot last year following completion of his training. He had graduated in Arts from a college in Pakistan in 2003, police said. After reaching Dhaka, he surrendered his Pakistani passport to Bangladesh police and then came to India without any valid travel documents.
“A cellphone with a Bangladeshi SIM card and some papers were seized from Sahabaz. He will be produced in the Bankshall court tomorrow,” Mr Kumar said, refusing to comment on whether Sahabaz was involved in any blasts triggered in India. “He came to India yesterday for the first time. We are interrogating him to know if he has contacts in the city. He came to Kolkata from Murshidabad by a train this afternoon,” he added.