NIA Seeks Information On SL Suspect Allegedly Involved In Terrorist Plot

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has sent a request to the Malaysian authorities seeking information on The Sri Lankan who following his arrest there purportedly revealed a conspiracy hatched by Pakistan’s ISI to target the U.S. Consulate in Chennai and the Israeli mission in Bangalore.

NIA official has said “At this stage, we do not know much about the Sri Lankan national, Mohamed Hussain Mohamed Sulaiman. Before asking for his extradition, we need to have a sound case against him”.

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The official added that a red-corner notice had already been issued against him through the Interpol.

The request was sent by the NIA under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty.

The NIA may soon initiate efforts to quiz the suspect to gather more details on the conspiracy.

The plot was unearthed after the Malaysian authorities tipped-off the Intelligence Bureau. The Tamil Nadu Police initially arrested another Sri Lankan national Zakir Hussain on April 29, 2014.

The Pakistani official was identified in the NIA dossier as Amir Zubair Siddiqui. According to sources Siddiqui has been posted at the Pakistan high commission in Sri Lanka since 2008

The NIA agent has shared information to international media on the condition that his name would not be disclosed.

The NIA agent has told international media "Hussain told us that Siddiqui asked him to recruit people in Tamil Nadu and Kerala and target the US and Israeli consulates,"

According to Hussain a man in Malaysia was the financial brains behind the operation.

During interrogation, he purportedly disclosed that apart from running a counterfeit currency racket, he was also part of the conspiracy to carry out attacks at the consulates.

Indian agencies have shared details of the findings with the U.S. and Israeli missions and the Sri Lankan authorities have also been briefed on the developments in the case. (with inputs from the Hindu)

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