Abdul Rauf, the man arrested by the Chilean police in January 2011 in a fake visa case may be one of the conspirators in the hijacking of Air India IC-814.
The hijacking had taken place on December 24, 1999 from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to Kandahar via Amritsar, Lahore and Dubai. The plane was originally set to fly from Kathmandu to Delhi.
During interrogation, Chile police found that the Interpol had issued a notice against a man named Abdul Rauf who was involved in the hijacking of the plane to Kandahar.
Rauf is the brother-in-law of Maulana Masood Azhar, the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed, a dreaded Pakistani terrorist outfit. Maulana Azhar was released by India as part of the ransom in 1999.
The CBI’s chargesheet in the hijacking case says that Abdul Rauf was constantly in touch with the hijackers, making sure that the plan was successfully executed.
A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Intelligence Bureau officials will leave for Chile on Tuesday to check whether the arrested person is the same Rauf, mastermind in the IC-814 hijack.
The plane hijack was designed to secure the release of Maulana Azhar, who at that time, was in jail in India. A total of five Pakistani terrorists had hijacked the aircraft in Kathmandu.
The Indian government had, for the past 12 years, tried to bring Rauf to justice, but without success. Indian Express