Police begins probe to establish link of suspect IM operative with paragliding trainer
Panaji: Goa police has begun investigations into the alleged terror link between suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Sayed Afaq and Bengaluru-based paragliding trainer Narendra Raman who trained him in North Goa in 2013, a senior police official said today.
Afaq was arrested by the Bengaluru Police in connection with the Church Street blast on December 28 last year.
Pernem police this week visited the premises of a rented out room of Raman at Keri village in North Goa, the official said.
The statement of the landlord Shirish Pokre, who rented out the premises to Raman, has also been recorded, he added. According to media reports from Karnataka, Afaq had taken five-day paragliding training at Arambol plateau in north Goa in 2013.
Raman told the police that he does not have any information about Afaq as he has been training many people during his visit to Goa and that he does not maintain any record, the official said.
Police said Raman has been a regular visitor to Goa every year between October-March.
During police’s check at Raman’s rented premises, his luggage and nearly 20 boxes were found to be piled up in the single room accommodation at Keri village, around 40 kms from here.
The officer said that Raman was in Bengaluru due to off season when they had visited his place this week.
Investigations have also been initiated to find out about Afaq’s stay in Goa.
“We tried to find out but we have yet not been able to locate where Afaq had put up when he was here,” the officer said.
The suspect IM operative might have been staying with a changed name, he added.