Zafar Masood was arrested in UP’s Sambhal district

New Delhi : A 39-year-old man has been arrested by Delhi Police for allegedly acting as a financier to al-Qaeda’s Indian sub-continent (AQIS) module busted here, the third arrest in the case, police said today.

Zafar Masood was arrested from mohalla Deepa Sarai in UP’s Sambhal district last night after being booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, said Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep.

He had allegedly financed Mohammed Asif (41), who was arrested by a special cell from northeast Delhi’s Seelampur on Monday, and his own nephew, Serjil (22), who is reported to be in al-Qaeda’s training camp in the Af-Pak region

Masood had allegedly financed Mohammed Asif (41), who was arrested by a special cell from northeast Delhi’s Seelampur on Monday, and his own nephew, Serjil (22), who is reported to be in al-Qaeda’s training camp in the Af-Pak region, an official privy to the investigation said.

Masood was alleged to have paid the duo around $500 in two installments for a trip to Pakistan. The two, besides another youth, identified as Rehan (26), had gone to Pakistan via Tehran and Afghanistan in June 2013 for training, the official said.

Masood’s arrest follows that of Mohammed Asif, also a native of Sambhal, and Abdul Rahman, a madrasa teacher in Jagatpur in Odisha’s Cuttack district.

Both Rahman and Masood were brought here on transit remand and produced before a court, which sent them to 12 days’ police custody starting today, police said. During interrogation, it emerged that Rahman has “connections” from Jharkhand to Saudi Arabia and Glasgow in Britain. He frequently visited Bangalore and met people, whose names police did not disclose, for which a team of the special cell is likely to be rushed to Karnataka, said a police source.

It has also emerged that his brother Tahir Ali, who was arrested in 2002 in connection with the terrorist attack on American Cultural Center in Kolkata, had taken shelter at his residence before his arrest. However, such details are to be cross-checked with old records of the police department in Kolkata, the source added.

On the other hand, Masood, alleged to be a former operative of Harkat-ul-Mujahidin (HuM) trained in explosives and handling Kalashnikovs, is a neighbour of Asif, and a former student of a prominent university in the national capital, said an official.

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