Mohammad Alauddin being escorted out of the court in Islampur on Thursday. (Mehedi Hedaytullah)
Islampur, Aug. 22: North Dinajpur police last night arrested a man suspected to be linked with terror outfits and found counterfeit notes worth Rs 12,000 from him.
The arrest of Mohammad Alauddin was made in Karandighi, about 75 km from Islampur.
Alauddin, 50, was produced in court here today.
The charge against Alauddin now is of circulating counterfeit currency but a special task force from Calcutta has reached Islampur to quiz him on his possible links with Abdul Karim Tunda.
Police sources said Alauddin was suspected to be linked to a blast in Delhi in 1998 and Delhi police were making inquiries about his whereabouts.
“The Delhi police were looking for him for a while. After the recent arrest of Abdul Karim Tunda, the Lashkar operative from the India-Nepal border, Delhi police were on the lookout for Alauddin,” said a source.
“He was a recruit of Abu Taher, a Lashkar-e-Toiba operative who was arrested in 2009 by the STF from Sealdah station for taking local youths into confidence who would be working as the terror outfit’s foot soldiers. We will see whether Alauddin has any links with the Lashkar’s master bomb maker Abdul Karim Tunda, who was arrested by Delhi police this week from the Nepal border,” said an STF officer.
According to the report filed by Sukumar Mishra, the inspector of Karandighi police station, in the additional chief judicial magistrate’s court, Alauddin was linked to criminal activities such as dealing in fake currencies.
He used to distribute fake notes in Bengal, Bihar and other states in India.
He was charged for counterfeiting currency notes, possessing counterfeit notes and hatching criminal conspiracy.
Additional chief judicial magistrate, Nilanjana Ghosh, remanded Alauddin in seven days’ police custody.
According to Akhilesh Chaturvedi, the North Dinajpur police superintendent, the Karandighi police had prior information that Alauddin was an active member of the fake currency racket.
“The police raided his home in Madargachhi and recovered 500-rupee notes worth Rs 12,000 that were fake. A Bangladeshi SIM card was also seized from him. We are looking into whether this person has links with militant or terror groups. That is all we can say at the moment,” Chaturvedi said.