Guwahati: Amidst the ongoing crackdown on Muslim fundamentalists and Jihadi elements in the state, a couple from outside the state has created massive confusion. The couple, already arrested by Tinsukia police, though was blamed to be Pakistan’s ISI agents; police were yet to unearth the truth.
On Friday, Tinsukia police apprehended 37-year-old Md Hayat Khatib and his wife Samina Yakub, 24 yrs, from a hotel in Tinsukia town after one Army personnel lodged an FIR against them alleging that the couple was agents of ISI.
While Khatib hailed from Karnataka, Samina was from Jammu and Kashmir.
Tinsukia superintendent of police, Debojit Deuri said, “An Army personnel earlier lodged an FIR suspecting them to be as ISI agents. But, that is his suspicion, not ours. So far we have no clue whether the couple was ISI agents or not. We also didn’t recover any such suspicious documents from his possession so far.”
As per the claims made by the army personnel, the couple was on board the same flight where he was travelling too. The flight took off for Dibrugarh from Delhi.
“The army official met the couple on the same flight and got introduced to each other. As per the police complaint, after getting to know him much closer, the official might have suspected him to be an ISI agent. We are investigating every angle and trying to find out the truth,” added SP Deuri.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the couple has been travelling to Assam for the last three years and they had come to Assam this time on August 16, 2022.
Deuri added, “The couple was reportedly trying to befriend Army officials and were visiting some restricted areas also. They were also allegedly filming some of the restricted areas. An investigation will reveal more.”
Tinsukia police have already prayed for their remand and preparing to quiz the couple.
The arrest of the suspected ISI agents came to the fore a day after state police arrested some 11 members of the Popular Front of India (PFI) in the state for allegedly trying to propagate fundamentalist ideas and encouraging Muslim youths to wage wars against India.
Assam police have been continuing its crackdown upon Jihadi elements in the state. So far over 35 persons allegedly linked to the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), a terror group based in Bangladesh and an affiliate of Al Qaeda in Sub-Continent (AQIS) were apprehended in the state.