A team of Bihar anti-terrorist squad (ATS), aided by the Pune ATS, has arrested a Bangladeshi national alleged to be a terror suspect from Pune’s Chakan industrial area in connection with the Pulwama terror strike last month.
According to sources, the man, identified as one Shariat Mandal, is believed to be an associate of the two Bangladeshi terror suspects arrested earlier this week by the Bihar ATS in Patna.
Shariat’s whereabouts had transpired from the interrogation of Khairul Mandal and Abu Sultan, the two Bangladeshi residents of Khulna who were nabbed by the Bihar ATS on Monday. All three are alleged to have affiliations with terror outfits such as the banned Jama’at-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and the Islamic State in Bangladesh.
Shariat Mandal, who was reportedly working as a construction worker in Chakan, was produced before the Sessions court here and was later taken to Bihar for further questioning on a transit remand. The Bihar ATS, acting on inputs from the Intelligence Bureau (IB), had earlier seized from Khairul Mandal and Abu Sultan photocopies of letters pertaining to troop deployment of central forces in Jammu and Kashmir after the Pulwama strike, besides bogus PAN cards and ISIS posters.
The duo had allegedly entered the country illegally without valid documents, had travelled to a number of states in a bid to induct youth into proscribed terror outfits. Shariat Mandal’s whereabouts was revealed following their interrogation.