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NIA arrests IM’s key operative Abdul Wahid Siddibapa

A key operative of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) was on Friday arrested from Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi by National Investigating Agency (NIA).

Abdul Wahid Siddibapa-AV

Abdul Wahid Siddibapa, a resident of Bhatkal in Karnataka, was held after his arrival from Dubai, NIA officials said. He was based in Dubai and was allegedly recruiting people for IM to carry out terror activities in India. He has allegedly funded the outfit’s activities from there, they said.

Abdul is wanted in a case pertaining to a conspiracy by IM to attack various places in India. He was held on the basis of a warrant of arrest and a Red Corner Notice already issued against him, the officials said.

“He was wanted in a case pertaining to conspiracy by Indian Mujahideen to attack various places in India. He was based in Dubai and had been involved in recruitment for IM and also funded their activities from Dubai,” said an NIA official.

A warrant of arrest and a red corner notice had been issued against him and he was arrested on its basis, said the official.

Wahid was wanted for his alleged involvement in the July 2006 Mumbai serial blasts, the 2008 Delhi blasts and the 2010 Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts in Bangalore, according to an Interpol red corner notice.

According to the dossier on Wahid with Indian agencies, the 32-year-old terror suspect Wahid is alleged to have routed money sent by Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal using banking channels and Western Union Money Transfer ahead of blasts in India.

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