CB begins process to take Abdur Rehman on remand

Bhubaneswar: The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch on Wednesday initiated the process to bring back arrested Al Qaeda operative Abdur Rehman on remand.

According to sources, the state investigating agency has prayed to the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court in Salepur seeking permission to take Rehman on remand for interrogation.

The JMFC court has allowed the Crime Branch to take Rehman on a 15-day remand, the sources added.

Besides, the JMFC court has urged the Tis Hazari court in New Delhi to send Rehman back to Odisha on May 25 for period of 15 days.

However, it is the Tis Hazari court that will take a call on Rehman’s remand period. At present, Rehman is in Jharkhand police’s remand.

Notably, a joint team of Odisha Police and Delhi Police Special Cell had arrested the 37-year-old cleric from Cuttack district for his alleged links with terrorist organisation Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). Rehman was running a madrassa at Tangi, 25 km from Cuttack, for the past two years and had appointed five teachers.