Saudi-based LET terrorist handler from Odisha arrested at New Delhi airport

Bhubaneswar: A member of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group, Habibur Rahaman alias Habib, a resident of Odisha, was arrested from the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said on Monday.

Rahman, a native of Kendrapara district and currently based out of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, was taken into custody after he arrived there.

He is allegedly the handler of LeT terrorist Shaikh Abdul Naeem alias Nomi who was nabbed in 2007 while trying to infiltrate three terrorists – two Pakistanis and one Kashmiri – into India through Bangladesh.

Sources said the NIA has arrested Rahman after receiving an intelligence input that he was travelling to India.

Rahman arranged hideouts and funds for Shaikh Abdul Naeem on different occasions for carrying out terrorist activities in India on the directions of the LeT terrorist Amjad alias Rehan who is based in Pakistan, the NIA said according to reports.

Naeem was arrested again by NIA in November 2017 and he has been charge-sheeted along with 10 other co-accused including Habibur Rehman.