Kodungallur native with suspected terror links in police custody
Kochi: While maintaining high alert in the wake of terrorist threats, the police have taken a man suspected to have terrorist links, into custody on Saturday.
He has been identified as Abdul Khader Raheem, a native of Kodungallur in Thrissur district. Police took him Raheem into custody when he came to present himself at the court in Ernakulam.
Raheem had reached Kerala from Bahrain two days ago. The officials have also taken a woman who was with Raheem into custody. According to police, Raheem helped the terrorists who infiltrated into neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
However, Raheem and his advocate claimed innocence. Stating that he was innocent, Raheem said he did not know what was happening.
“I had rescued a woman, who was trapped in the hands of a hotel lobby in Bahrain and brought her safely to Kerala. In connection with this incident, someone misled police into believing that I had terror links,” Raheem said.
Speaking to a private news channel, Raheem said that a team of CIDs had questioned him in Bahrain.
It must be noted that in view of intelligence input that members of Lashkar-e-Taiba had infiltrated into neighbouring Tamil Nadu, an alert has been sounded in Kerala with police officials being directed to intensify vigil and searches.
Kerala DGP Loknath Behera on Friday directed district police chiefs to keep utmost vigil across the state, an official release said. Special vigil should be kept at bus stands, railway stations and airports and the places where people gather in huge numbers, it said.
The DGP also asked the public to inform the police if they come across any suspicious objects or circumstance, the release added.
Security has been tightened across Tamil Nadu following intelligence inputs that members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba had infiltrated into the state, police said on Friday.
The reports suggested six members of the terror outfit infiltrated into the state by sea from Sri Lanka and moved to different cities, including Coimbatore, according to the police.
Though the identity or the nationality of the intruders were yet to be ascertained, sources said one person belonged to Pakistan.