Ajaz Shaikh, Yasin Bhatkal
Yasin Bhatkal, chief operative of Indian Mujahideen, in police custody in 2013.Reuters File

UPDATE: 16:55 p.m. IST —

Abdul Wahid Siddibapa, the suspected Indian Mujahideen operative who was arrested on Friday, has been sent to seven-day police custody by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) court, according to ANI. 

Original Story —

National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials have reportedly arrested a key Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative, Abdul Wahid Siddibapa, from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.

The Hindu reported that Abdul Siddibapa is a perfume trader and a resident of Bhatkal in Karnataka. He left for Dubai long before the government's crackdown on the terrorist outfit started in India in 2008. He was deported from Dubai on Friday.

Press Trust of India has quoted the NIA officials as saying that Abdul was arrested after he arrived from Dubai. He was living in Dubai and recruiting for IM to carry out terrorist activities in India. He has allegedly funded IM's activities from there, the NIA officials were quoted by the agency as saying.

According to reports, an Interpol red corner notice issued against Abdul stated that he was wanted for alleged involvement in the 2006 Mumbai bomb blasts, the 2008 Delhi blasts and the 2010 Bangalore blasts. Abdul was arrested on the basis of an arrest warrant and the red corner notice issued against him.