NEW DELHI, APR 11 : A person suspected to be a key conspirator in the hijacking of Indian Airlines plane (IC-814) has been detained in Chile and the CBI will be dispatching a team to the South American nation soon to verify whether he is the same person wanted in this country.
Highly-placed sources in the Government and the probe agency said on Monday that the Chilean police informed the CBI that they had detained a person identified as Abdul Rauf and that there was also an Interpol Red Corner notice pending against him, states Zee News. The sources said that the Chilean police had also sent his finger prints for verification but the CBI expressed its inability as neither Rauf’s picture nor his finger prints was available with the investigation agency.
A team would be soon going to Chile to ascertain his identity as well as question him, the sources said, adding some help from western friendly intelligence agencies was likely to be taken in this connection.
Abdul Rauf wanted by the CBI is the brother-in-law of Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Maulana Masood Azhar and was among the main conspirators in the hijacking of Indian Airlines plane from Kathmandu on December 24, 1999.