Guwahati Police on Saturday arrested a suspected linkman of banned terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen from Byrnihat area on the outskirts of the city.
The arrested youth, who hails from Holmara in Hojai district, has been identified as Omar Farooq.
The city police arrested him during an operation at 5 pm.
As per police, Farooq, late Mustaful Haque, was working as a linkman for Hizbul Mujahideen.
At Byrnihat, Farooq was working as a carousel operator with Ananda Mela.
“Investigation is going on,” said a police official.
He has now been kept in the lock-up of Dispur Police Station.
Earlier, Qamar-uz-Zaman from Jamunamukh in Hojai district was arrested recently by the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the UP Police from Kanpur. He had been missing since 2017.
For maintaining nexus with Zaman, police also arrested one Shahnewas Alom from Balirampathar village under Nilbagan Police Station in Hojai district on Thursday.
Dispur police sources said, “It was Alom who had introduced Omar Farooq with Qamar-uz-Zaman,” adding, “Zaman was also staying in Alom’s Holmara residence in Hojai for 7-8 days before Eid and left for Delhi three days after the festival.”
A team of Assam Police reached Uttar Pradesh on Saturday after a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist from Central Assam’s Hojai district was arrested in Kanpur.
“We have sent a team to Kanpur. They will coordinate with the ATS who are interrogating Zaman. We will try to get more information about the network in Assam,” a top police official told reporters.