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Deported terrorist’s city ties

New Delhi, May 3: Faizan Ahmed Sultan, 55, the suspected Indian Mujahideen operative deported from Sharjah on Friday, was a close aide of the terror outfit’s co-founder, the Calcutta-born Amir Reza Khan, security agencies said.

Amir, an accused in the 2002 American Center attack in Calcutta, grew up in Beniapukur and is said to be operating from Karachi.

“Faizan was a key IM operative and was in charge of the outfit’s fund-raising operations in West Asia over the last four years. He met Amir several times in Pakistan and both worked closely to recruit youths from across India,” said an official of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Faizan, alias Azmi, was escorted to Delhi by senior RAW officials. He was produced before a special judge and remanded in NIA custody for six days. A resident of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, he fled the country five years ago.