Top Assam Police sources have revealed that banned terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen was trying to supply sophisticated arms including the AK-47 assault rifles for its operatives in the State.
A report published in the The Assam Tribune quoted sources as saying that the “arms procurement process had already begun” and there might be some links with dealers based in Nagaland in the entire process, which the investigators are probing.
The report further quoted a senior Assam Police official as saying, “As per our report, the outfit could not execute its plan to supply arms but then we are not ruling out any possibility. Many new revelations have come up during the questioning.”
On reports that a Pakistan-based terrorist Amir visited Assam to survey certain pockets recently, sources said that there are still a few points to be “corroborated” in this context. Meanwhile, Assam Police, on Monday, arrested three more persons, including the brother of Qamar-uz-Zama, the hardcore cadre of Hizbul Mujahideen, for their alleged links with the terror outfit, taking the number of arrests to seven.
The arrested include Saiful Islam, the brother of Qamar-uz-Zama who was recently arrested by the anti-terrorism squad of Kanpur Police, Riyazuddin, Bahirul Islam and Zainul Ahmed. Police also said that Zama visited Assam and Meghalaya in August this year along with another accomplice before moving to Kanpur where he was arrested.
Sources divulged that the teams of anti-terrorism squad and the Assam Police is questioning the accused on various aspects and there is a possibility that Assam Police could seek the custody of Qamar-uz-Zama, the hardcore terrorist of Assam origin who was arrested recently in Kanpur.