Crackdown On Terror Links: All Passports In UP's Muzaffarnagar And Saharanpur To Be Probed

| October 31 , 2017 , 13:44 IST

Following the arrest of two suspected Bangladeshi terrorists that had fake Indian passports showing addresses of Deoband in Uttar Pradesh, the state police have issued a new directive calling for verification of thousands of passports in Deoband and the neighbouring districts of Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar.

According to reports, the state government has directed the District Magistrates to take action against all the Bangladeshi nationals living there illegally as well as those officials that issued the illegal immigrants the fake ID cards.

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“It’s not only about Deoband or any particular community. The verification of passport holders will take place in entire Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur owing to inputs we have received that a few terror modules could be hiding in the area,” said Saharanpur DIG KS Emmanuel.

The top officer also revealed that the two suspected Bangladeshi terrrorists had their passports made in Saharanpur and that action had been taken against several persons ''with questionable credentials'' that had been found in the city in the past.

Another Bangladeshi national Abdullah Al-Mamon who was arrested from Muzzafarnagar in August this year, suspected of being a part of the banned terror outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) was also suspected of having lived in Deoband for several years.

Meanwhile, in October, another absconding terror suspect Faizan Ahmad's lodgings in Saharanpur were raided by the UP ATS resulting in the recovery of Islamic State literature.