Digital Desk, Kolkata. Kolkata Police said on Wednesday that its Special Task Force (STF) has arrested a resident of Malda district, who was an active ally of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (QQIS).
The name of the arrested person is Hasnath Shaikh alias Shahid Majumdar. This is the sixth AQIS member to be arrested by the Kolkata Police STF in less than two months. It is learned that another AQIS member Faizal Ahmed alias Shahid Majumdar was arrested on September 11 from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Ahmed, originally from Bangladesh, was on the most wanted list of both Kolkata Police and West Bengal Police for a long time. STF officials came to know about Hasnath Shaikh’s whereabouts in Bengaluru from Ahmed. Confirmed by a city police officer, the two were responsible for brainwashing and fresh recruits for the sleeper cell of AQIS.
Earlier, on September 3, the STF, in coordination with the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra Police, arrested two residents of Bengal with alleged AQIS links from Mumbai. The arrested persons – Sameer Hussain and Saddam Hussein – are residents of Diamond Harbor in South 24 Parganas district. Both were long wanted by the STF and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
On August 17, the STF had arrested two AQIS members – Rakib Sarkar and Qazi Ehsanullah – from Shashan village in Barasat block of North 24 Parganas district. Sarkar hailed from Ganganagar in South 24 Parganas district, while Qazi Ahsanullah hailed from Arambagh in Hooghly district. resident of
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