June 01, Mumbai: Indian authorities have a begun the extradition process of a Sri Lankan national arrested in Malaysia for alleged conspiracy to carry out terror attacks on the US and Israeli consulates in South India.
India has approached the France-based international police Interpol to issue a Red Notice on the suspect Mohammad Hossaini, who was arrested by Malaysian police in Kepong near Kuala Lumpur on May 14.
According to the Indian investigators, Hossaini, a suspected operative of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was a close aide of Mohammed Sakir Hussain, a 37-year-old Sri Lankan national recruited by the ISI. The Tamil Nadu police arrested Hussain on April 29.
The Tamil Nadu police had secured a non-bailable arrest warrant against Hossaini and sent it through the diplomatic channels to Interpol to get a Red Notice issued on him, Press Trust of India reported.
The Tamil Nadu police have asked the Central Bureau of Investigations to start the extradition process of Hossaini.
Hossaini has told the Malaysian police that he had received instructions to assist two men in the attacks on the US and Israeli consulates in Chennai and Bangalore.
Malaysia had informed Indian authorities about the alleged conspiracy being hatched from Sri Lanka to carry out an attack on US and Israeli consulates in Chennai and Bangalore involving the other Sri Lankan Sakir Hussain.
Hussain's activities were monitored by security agencies following his arrival in Chennai from Colombo and the Tamil Nadu police arrested Hussain on April 29 in a coordinated operation involving various countries including Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
He told the interrogators that that he had been hired allegedly by an official in Pakistani High Commission in Colombo to conduct reconnaissance of US Consulate in Chennai and Israeli Consulate in Bangalore.
Hussain ha reportedly told the police that he was instructed to arrange documents for two bombers traveling from Maldives to Chennai, and to oversee their accommodations.
Press Attaché at the Pakistani High Commission in Colombo has denied the reports, calling them a malicious media campaign to tarnish the image of Pakistan. Ha has said the story is highly speculative and untrue.
Indian authorities have shared the information they received from interrogating Hussain with Malaysian and Sri Lankan authorities leading to the arrest of Hossaini.