Chennai, Dec 19: The Chennai terror plot appears to have come to a standstill and the man that the NIA wanted is now in Sri Lanka.
Mohammad Hussain, an accomplice of Sakir Hussain who plotted to bomb targets in Chennai was sent to Sri Lanka from Malaysia despite several requests by the National Investigating Agency.
The importance of Mohammad Hussain
Hussain according to the NIA was a key figure in the Chennai terror plot. He was the one based out of Malaysia specifically sent by the ISI to arrange for funds. He too like his accomplice Sakir Hussain was reporting to Amir Zubair Siddiqui the Pakistani consular officer at the High Commission in Colombo.
While the NIA managed to get hold of Sakir Hussain thanks to the Q Branch, it however failed in securing the custody of Mohammad Hussain who would have explained the money trail to them.
Focus turns to Sri Lanka
The NIA has sent a request to Sri Lanka to extradite Mohammad Hussain to India. They have said that the investigation is underway and in a bid to attain a closure in the case it is important that Sri Lanka hands over Hussain to India. The NIA is yet to hear from them.
On the other hand, the Sri Lankans had also sought his extradition since he Mohammad Hussain who is their national was wanted in a murder case.
The NIA had filed against against Sakir Hussain, Sivabalan and Mohammad Saleem in connection with a criminal conspiracy to commit terrorist acts targeting a foreign Consulate located in Chennai as well as to circulate high quality fake Indian currency notes.