India hopes IM operative Abedin will be extradited from Saudi Arabia soon

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New Delhi, Oct 10: There have been many missing links when it comes to cases of terrorism in India as most of the key operatives have fled the country.

The arrest of Zainul Abedin in Saudi Arabia is an important development as he holds the key to the missing link in both the Ahmadabad blasts of 2008 and the Haren Pandya murder case.

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The Gujarat Police say that while the arrest is important, the key would now be to have him deported from Saudi Arabia to India. India is working with Saudi on the deportation of Abedin and are hopeful that he would be deported soon.

Why is Abedin important?

According to the investigations that were conducted in the 2008 Ahmadabad blasts, it was found that Abedin was the one who arranged for the explosives.

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He was in touch with a major module of the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and Indian Mujahideen in Saudi Arabia which helped orchestrate these blasts. Moreover, his name had also cropped up in the murder of former Gujarat Home Minister, Haren Pandya.

Abedin is also wanted by the Karnataka police. A resident of Bhatkal, he was in close contact with several operatives of the Indian Mujahideen.

In fact, he was named by Syed Afaq a resident of Bhatkal who was arrested by the Karnataka police in January.

The Karnataka police have been trying to find the explosives' trail in several cases. It is alleged that Abedin had helped supply explosives for both the Hyderabad Dilsukhnagar and Mumbai Zaveri Bazaar blasts.

The Karnataka police say that they will send a team to Delhi if Abedin is deported.

We will seek out his custody as he is an important person in the investigations that are being conducted by us, an officer informed.

When we carried out the arrests of Afaq and others in January, the explosive trail of the Indian Mujahideen became clear and in this case, Abedin was the missing link, the officer added.

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