Anti-Terror investigation: Another suspect, post-doctoral medical student arrested from railway station


26-year-old Naeem Siddqui was picked up on Sunday afternoon from the cantonment railway station on his way back from Delhi

Imran Khan

As part of its ongoing anti-terror investigations the central crime branch of the Bangalore police picked up a post doctorate medical student from a city railway station on Sunday 2 September. The medical student, identified as 26-year-old Naeem Siddqui was picked up on Sunday afternoon from the cantonment railway station and will be produced in front of the magistrate On Monday 3 September, said his father Abdul Mutallib Katagi (Dadapeer).

According to Katagi, he and his son were returning from Delhi where they had gone to for Naeem’s admission at Apollo hospital for his post-doctoral course in emergency medicine. Not happy with the living conditions there, they took the Karnataka Express train (B1- 21-22) to return to Bangalore on Sunday. However, when they reached the cantonment railway station a team of CCB officers headed by KN Jithendranath arrested Naeem, said Abdul Mutallib.

“They took us to the CCB office saying they wanted to get some details from my son. However, later in the night (around 10.30 pm) they asked me to leave and handed me the dastagiri document (confirmation letter) of his arrest, said Abdul Mutallib.

Mutallib who is a pay phone technician at Davangere (around 261 km from Bangalore) struggled hard to fund his only son’s education. With his meager income Mutallib got four daughters married and now wanted his son Naeem to finish his MD degree, informs Mutallib’s son in law Abdul Hafeez.

Naeem was staying as a paying guest in Asra Nursing home, Kalasipalya area of the city for the past two years and was attending Dr Bhatia’s coaching classes in preparation of his MD course. He is also a regular at All India Institute of Medical science’s (AIIMS) library (Kalasipalya) informed his father Abdul Mutallib.

Police has confiscated Naeem’s laptop, and are probing his links with the others who have been arrested so far. With Naeem’s arrest the total count of those arrested has come up to 13. The police in the FIR claim that, all 13 were activists of banned Pakistan based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba and were planning to kill columnists with Right wing affiliations as well as legislators in the city.

Imran Khan is a Senior Correspondent with Tehelka.


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