SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
One of India’s most wanted terrorists and underworld aide Chhota Shakeel’s close aide Farookh Devdiwala has been detained by the Dubai Police.
Devdiwala was working for Pakistan’s ISI and had been on the run for the last two decades. Farookh Devdiwala alias Farookh Ahmed Gani alias Hazrat, active in the late 1990s was wanted in several terror-related activities in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
The Gujarat Police had booked him under POTA but he escaped out of the country with the help of ISI. Devdiwala’s was arrested as he was on the Interpol’s most wanted list of India.
According to sources, Devdiwala was based in Shariah from where he was running operations against India for the ISI. He would get in touch with Muslim youth, radicalise them and sent them to PoK for terror training.
It is also being speculated that Devdiwala was close to Indian Mujahideen founder Yasin Bhatkal and Amir Raza.
The recent arrest of 32-year-old Mumbai-based Faisal Mirza for planning to launch terror attacks in Mumbai revealed Devdiwala’s active involvement in militancy against India.
Sources told India Today that Devdiwala was close to Chhota Shakeel who helped him flee India and reach Pakistan.
Mirza is the cousin of Devdiwala and was called to Sharjah a few months ago. Devdiwala even booked him a flight to some other country via Pakistan. However, Mirza deboarded in Pakistan. From there he joined militant training to launch IEDs, bombs and fidayeen attacks.
“ATS Maharashtra was helped by Kolkata STF and Mumbai Police in the operation to nab Mirza,” said DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni.
He added, “Mirza’s arrest could help bust the module run by Devdiwala and further nab terror suspects”.
The procedure to bring Devdiwala back to the country has been initiated and CBI along with MEA officials will soon bring him to the country.