Condition of Indian Muslims better than other countries, felt top jihadi

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New Delhi, Feb 24: A jihadi has been deported to India from Saudi Arabia after serving 10 years in prison for plotting acts of terror there in 2005. Saudi authorities deported him to India on February 2, after his release.

Abdul Aziz alias Giddah, accused of conspiring to plot blasts in Andhra Pradesh a decade ago, was arrested by Saudi authorities in 2005 even as he planned to go to Iraq from Jeddah to fight American forces.

'Condition of Indian Muslims better'

According to details of his interrogation accessed by TOI, Aziz was drawn more to jihad in theatres like Bosnia and Chechnya than India.

As per TOI report, when he was persuaded by handler Mohd Ismail and Pakistani Lashkare-Taiba operative Salim Junaid to wage jihad in India in 1997, he argued that there was no such need "since the postion of Muslims in India is not as bad as in other countries"

However, the jihadi was later convinced by Sheikh Ahmed, director of Saudi-based NGO International Islamic Relief Organisation, to wage war against India over the Babri Masjid demolition, for a hefty sum, added the TOI report.

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