Saudi Arabia set to deport 3 more Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives

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Bengaluru, Dec 10: Saudi Arabia is all set to deport three more persons who are alleged operatives of the Indian Mujahideen. After deporting Abu Sufiyan (Karnataka assasination plot: Lashkar operative deported from Saudi Arabia), authorities at Saudi Arabia are working out the modalities to send three others including Zainul Abideen to India.

These persons were placed under the wanted list following a requisition by the National Investigating Agency which is investigating a series of cases including a major assassination plot by members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba-e-Tayiba and the Indian Mujahideen.

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More deportations on the cards

Saudi Arabia has been helpful in the recent months when it came to requests for deportations of operatives alleged to be involved in terror acts in India.

However, Indian authorities have been told to send proper documentation including DNA samples so that the antecedents of these operatives can be verified correctly.

The deportation of Zanul Abideen is next on the cards. NIA officials say that certain modalities are being worked out and they are hopeful that he would be deported soon.

There are two other operatives too who have been placed under the watch list at Saudi Arabia, officials say while adding that the deportation process of these persons too would be undertaken soon.

Inter-state plot

The NIA has been probing a series of cases which includes terror financing, a blast at the Sai Baba temple at Hyderabad in 2002, a plot to kill RSS workers and also an assassination plot.

The Bengaluru police had in 2011 busted an alleged plot by several members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Indian Mujahideen. As per the investigation these persons were planning on killing prominent personalities including journalists at Hubbali and Bengaluru.

During the probe it was found that several modules were in play to undertake this operation. The investigation trail led up to Hubbali and Bengaluru in Karnataka, Nanded in Maharashtra and Hyderabad in a then unified Andhra Pradesh.

The NIA had taken over the probe from the Bengaluru police. As the probe progressed, the details of the modules became clear.

It was found that several persons from India were tasked with carrying out killings of important persons. A meeting organised by Sufiyan, Abideen and three others in Riyadh had given the clarion call for these assassinations investigations had also revealed.

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