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Suspected al-Qaeda Operatives Rahman Was Meant To Recruit Indian Youth

Bhubaneswar; Dec.21: Suspected al-Qaeda terrorist Abdur Rahman, who was arrested from Cuttack on December 16, was asked to recruit young boys to work for terror organisations, a senior police official said on Sunday.

According to Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissionerate police chief Rajendra Prasad Sharma, Abdur Rehman had met another suspected al-Qaeda terrorist Mohammed Asif in Bangalore.

Asif was arrested from Delhi.

Asif had received a message from a Pakistani al-Qaeda co-ordinator in which he had been asked to discuss with Rahman for recruitment.

A five member police team is leaving Bhubaneswar today to coordinate with the special cell of Delhi police. The team will collect information about Rehman's foreign links and financial transactions. Rehman is currently in 12-day custody of Delhi police

Meanwhile, the state government has shut down Rahman's illegal madrasa and sent back students to their respective houses. Two teachers of the madrasa had been interrogated by police at Jagatpur police station.

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