The Special Cell of Delhi police, on Wednesday night, reportedly arrested a madrasa teacher from Bengaluru suspected to have links with al Qaeda's module in the Indian sub-continent.
He was brought to Delhi on transit remand and produced before the Patiala House Court which sent him to police custody till 20 January.
The suspect, identified as Maulana Anzar Shah, was allegedly planning to carry out terror attacks across the country. "The aim of the group was to attack some prominent leaders along with the crowded and tourist places," IANS quoted its sources as saying.
Shah is also suspected to have met operatives of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), including those arrested by the Delhi police last year, according to reports.
His name was revealed during interrogation of the two AQIS operatives -- Zafar Masood and Abdul Rehman -- arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell in December last year.
A third accused, Mohammed Asif, arrested last year had reportedly confessed to have met Shah at a religious congregation in Bengaluru. Asif was said to be the recruitment and training head of AQIS.
Shah had reportedly agreed to provide logistical support to the AQIS operatives and the details of financial transactions between him and the operatives are with the Special Cell, the IANS source said.
"Investigation is underway. Further details will emerge during Shah's interrogation," PTI quoted an officer as saying.
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