New Delhi: A suspected person, Abdul Rauf involved in the hijacking of Indian Airlines plane(IC-814) was arrested after 12 years in Chile by the Interpol. The Indian agencies were intimated about Rauf’s detention, but the CBI, probing the case, is yet to decide whether the detainee is the same person wanted in the case.

A highly-placed source in 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.

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 were available with it.

A team would soon be going to Chile to ascertain his identity as well as question him, the sources said, adding that some help from friendly western intelligence agencies was likely to be taken in this connection.

Notably, 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. He was the same person who managed funds for the plane hijacking and was declared fugitive by the court.

The Jaish chief was among the three terrorists exchanged for the plane carrying over 160 passengers after eight days of negotiations carried out at Kandhahar.


JPN/Bureau