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Arrested man’s efforts to enter UK raise dust

Raiganj, Jan. 21: A suspected ISI agent, picked up from Islampur on Sunday night, made “extraordinary” efforts to enter the United Kingdom last year, police and intelligence officials interrogating him said today.

The Bangladeshi national’s efforts, however, did not pay off as he failed to obtain a visa.

Mainul Islam was produced before the sub-divisional judicial magistrate in Islampur today, along with Golam Mirza, who, police said, had harboured him in his house in the Gunjaria area of Islampur.

Islam told the interrogators that he had “tried hard” to get the visa as he was “desperate” to see his siblings in London. After failing to secure the visa through a travel agent — whom he claimed to have paid Rs 4 lakh — in New Delhi, he said he had flown to Qatar and then to Kenya and Nigeria for the British visa.

Intelligence sources said they would check with the British authorities why his applications for visa were repeatedly turned down. They were also curious to find out why the suspected agent was “desperate” to visit London, a prime target of Osama bin Laden’s terrorist outfit, al Qaida.

Police said they did not buy Islam’s explanation. “Why should he try to hide his identity and travel on forged passports if he wanted to see his brother and sister in London'” said a senior police officer. Islam was found with two Bangladeshi passports with different photographs. None of them had his name.

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