Saiful Islam, brother of Qamar Uz Zaman, a suspected Hizbul Mujaheedin militant who was arrested in Kanpur last week Credit: EastMojo Image

Guwahati: The judicial magistrate court of Hojai in Assam on Monday ordered 10-day police custody for Saiful Islam, brother of Qamar Uz Zaman, a suspected Hizbul Mujaheedin militant who was arrested in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, last week.

After hours-long interrogation by the members of the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) team of Uttar Pradesh in Lanka police station of Hojai in Assam, Saiful was produced before the court around 5 pm on Monday. Saiful was picked up by the police on Saturday night and later arrested on Sunday.

Jyotiranjan Nath, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Hojai said, “We have started our interrogation process. Based on solid information, we have picked up three more people from various places for their suspected links with the Hizbul Mujaheedin. There are possibilities for more arrests in the days to come.”

The police on Monday arrested Riyajuddin Bhuyan from Kachuwa area of Nagaon district while Jainal Ahmed and Baharul Islam was arrested from Jamunamukh area of Hojai. All three were arrested from their houses.

With this, the number of people arrested in Assam in connection with the banned terror outfit has risen to seven since Thursday.

Allegedly, Qamar-uz- Zaman, a member of Hizbul Mujaheedin who was arrested on September 13 from Kanpur of Uttar Pradesh, stayed at the place of Riyajuddin Bhuyan and was using his bike for travel in the month of August.

Riyajudin’s son (name withheld), while talking to reporters said, “The police knocked at the door of our house early in the morning and asked for my father. When he came out they took his phone and asked for his voter identity card and PAN card. My father gave them the documents and then they said they need to do a verification of my father in the police station. They took father along.”

Riyazuddin Bhuyan, 50, has been detained at Hojai police station.

The Anti Squad Team of Uttar Pradesh has been in the state since Friday to investigate into the matter. The police had on Friday and Saturday arrested Shahnawaz Alom, Saidul Alom and Omar Farook from Hojai, Udali and Byrnihat along the Assam- Meghalaya Border.

While talking to reporters, Saidul Alom’s father said, “He was a brilliant student. But he never wanted a government job. All he wanted to become was a Maulavi. He used to go out of the state rarely.”

Notably, all these arrests have been made after inputs from Qamar-uz-Zaman, a member of the Hizbul Mujaheedin. Police has revealed he had come to Assam in the month of August for procuring arms and for recruitment of people for the outfit.

The police are yet to establish a link of this network of Qamar-uz-Zaman with that of Pakistan and Bangladesh.

(With inputs from Abdul Qadir in Hojai)

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