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Phulwari Sharif a ‘suspected hideout for militants’
|Patna: Phulwari Sharif, a small settlement near the state capital, is being closely watched after the December 13 attack on Parliament. In the past, a number of militants have been arrested here.
On 21 June this year, two Pakistan-based militants were arrested by the Delhi Police from Phulwari Sharif. The two, Mohammad Ashraf and Pir Baba, were said to have been involved in a conspiracy allegedly masterminded by Osama bin Laden, to bomb the US embassy in New Delhi On September 29, the Special Task Force also arrested another militant, Abdul Mallik, from Muzzafarpur. A large amount of fake currency notes was recovered from him. Mallik confessed that he was heading for Phulwari.
Following the terrorist attack on Parliament, the state police believes that there is now more reason to keep a close watch on the place. It is feared that some militants may have taken refuge in this town.
Talking to ANI, ON Bhaskar, Superintendent of Police, Patna, said, "We have to be on the watch, especially for foreigners. We have to confirm their antecedents thoroughly. Every installation is also being closely protected".
The place is located very close to strategic areas in the state like the Patna airport, the Bihar Regimental Centre and the Phulwari railway station. It is feared that these could easily come under attack from the militants.
Phulwari is an important religious and educational centre for Muslims in the country. The Fiqh Academy is based here and young Muslims, after completing training in madrasas across the country, come here for a two-year specialisation course in Muslim Personal Law.
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