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'Supplier' Of Satphones To Terrorists Flown To Delhi From Dubai

Dubai-based Indian national Sajjad Sheikh, who allegedly supplied satellite phones, wireless sets, explosives and detonators to terror outfits, was on Tuesday extradited to India from the UAE and taken into custody by the Special Cell
PTI May 11, 2010 11:41 IST
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Dubai-based Indian national Sajjad Sheikh, who allegedly supplied satellite phones, wireless sets, explosives and detonators to terror outfits, was on Tuesday extradited to India from the UAE and taken into custody by the Special Cell of Delhi Police, reports Indian Express.

Sheikh, who is in his 40s, was flown to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi from Dubai where he was arrested earlier this year. Indian and UAE agencies completed his extradition formalities last month. He was flown to Delhi on an Indian Airlines flight.

“We picked him up from the airport itself. He is in custody and is being questioned about other agents in India and abroad who supply timers, detonators, wireless sets and Thuraya satellite phones to terror outfits,” sources told The Indian Express.

It is alleged that Sheikh had been supplying satellite phones, wireless sets and explosives to terror outfits, including the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad, for the last 10 years.

In June 2005, he allegedly sent 40 Thuraya satellite phones, dozens of wireless sets and explosives to Delhi. That consignment was to be delivered to operatives of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen in Jammu and Kashmir. But it was detected by Customs and the carrier, Mohammad Amin Khan, was arrested.

Amin Khan was said to have told his interrogators that Sheikh had sent the consignment, and that it was to be taken to Srinagar. The consignment, sent from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, was recovered from the cargo complex of the IGI Airport on June 8, 2005.

Sources said the Thuraya phones were also sent to terror outfits in Pakistan and Bangladesh via the sea route. It is alleged that Sheikh received payments via hawala in Dubai.