Hyderabad: In a major operation to nab terrorists, the police on Friday night took into custody a father and two of his sons who are from Bangladesh on suspicion of links with the terror group Islamic State (IS). The family has been allegedly staying in India illegally for about a decade.
Abdul Malik, 60, and his sons Hafiz Faizuallah, 18, and another minor son were taken into custody in the night operation conducted by about 40 police personnel at their residence in Radhanagar in Sun City in Rajendranagar.
The operation was led by DCP-level officials from the state, who received inputs from the UP police, as the family had stayed in Lucknow prior to settling down in Hyderabad.
According to official sources, the family had not only obtained documents, including passports and ration cards, but also developed their business in the City during the past few years.
In Sun City they had also purchased property worth Rs 70 lakh and were staying there, ever since. “We are investigating into their antecedents, as to why they continued to stay in the country illegally since 2009 and if they had any terror links,” said a higher official.
The trio was kept in an unidentified location in the city for questioning. After the anxious family members approached different police stations for knowing their whereabouts, some of the lawyers took up their case.
Later during the Saturday evening, wife of Abdul Malik spoke to him on phone, after police provided them access. The family termed this as an illegal custody of the trio and expressed threat to their life.
The advocates Shaik Saifullah Khaled, Gulam Rabbani, Md Imran Khan, who have been fighting the individual terror related cases, stated that action of the police was against the law and its clear violation of the guidelines of Supreme Court.