New Delhi, May 21: Getting Abdul Wahid Siddibappa, the alleged logistic provider of the Indian Mujahideen was no easy task. He was arrested upon his arrival in India from the United Arab Emirates.
India faced an uphill task in this case. He was arrested two years back in Abu Dhabi and then was granted bail.
In addition to this all attempts to have him extradited were blocked by Pakistan which claimed that he is their national. Finally the NIA with the help of the Intelligence Bureau undertook a coordinated operation which eventually led to his arrest as he landed in Delhi.
An uphill task:
Abdul Wahid was arrested on the basis of an Interpol red corner alert in January 2014. India immediately sought for his deportation. However UAE informed India that it would need to seek an extradition instead.
As India prepared the papers, Pakistan stepped in and claimed that he was their national. Pakistan said that he should not be deported to India as he was their national. Pakistan even stepped up pressure on the diplomatic front to avoid his extradition to India.
The process was a long drawn one. Finally India managed to convince UAE that Abdul was an Indian national wanted in a series of terror cases. By the time the documents from India reached the court in UAE, Abdul had been granted bail.
Wahid had almost gone off the radar for sometime. However the Intelligence Bureau and the NIA coordinated this operation and put him back on the radar once again. They had received information that he would be flying back to India. When he landed at the Delhi airport on Friday, he was arrested by the NIA.