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Computer analyst, dentist sent Bengaluru youths to join IS: NIA

Written by Johnson T A
| Bengaluru |

October 18, 2020 8:28:30 am


The Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) has named a dentist and a pc purposes specialist as key individuals concerned in sending a gaggle of six to seven youths from Bengaluru to Syria within the 2013-14 interval to hitch the Islamic State. (File picture)

The Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) has named a dentist and a pc purposes specialist as key individuals concerned in sending a gaggle of six to seven youths from Bengaluru to Syria within the 2013-14 interval to hitch the Islamic State.

The NIA registered its case on September 19 beneath the Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act or UAPA and named dentist Muhammad Tauqir Mahmood (29) and pc purposes specialist Zuhaib Hameed alias Shakeel Manna (28), each of whom earlier lived in Bengaluru however are presently reportedly primarily based in Saudi Arabia.

The 2 are alleged to have constructed contacts with IS by a schoolmate from Saudi Arabia — the place Tauqir and one other NIA suspect, Shihab, studied throughout their faculty years.

The existence of the group who travelled to Syria got here to mild after the August 17 arrest of Abdur Rahman, a 28-year-old ophthalmologist from Bengaluru, on expenses of conspiring with a Kashmiri man arrested in Delhi in March, for alleged hyperlinks to an Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP) unit in India. The company’s investigation of Abdur Rahman revealed that he had travelled to Syria in 2013-14 with the help of Tauqir and Hameed.

As a part of its investigations, the NIA on October 7 arrested enterprise analyst Ahamed Abdul Cader (40) from Chennai and rice service provider Irfan Nasir (33) in Bengaluru for allegedly funding “the Bengaluru-based ISIS module”.

“Accused Ahamed Abdul Cader, Irfan Nasir and their associates performed a really important function in radicalization of the members of the group and organized funds by donations and personal sources for go to of accused Abdur Rahman and different Muslim youth of Bengaluru to Syria to hitch ISIS. Two of such youth acquired killed in Syria,” the NIA stated after the October 7 arrests.

The 2 killed in Syria have been recognized as Faiz Masood, an MBA degree-holder, and Abdul Subhan, who was working in Yemen earlier than becoming a member of IS.

Investigations by the NIA and different companies have revealed that an orthopaedic physician and an aeronautical engineer had been among the many youths who travelled to Syria in 2013-14. Each are reported to have returned to India inside a brief span of their keep in Syria after witnessing heavy violence at shut quarters.

A senior police officer stated, “There appear to have been many youths who travelled from Bengaluru to Syria on the time. Some returned to India after quick visits whereas some appear to have died there. The identities of all those that went are being unearthed now.”

Investigations for the reason that arrest of Abdur Rahman and the questioning of two of his associates who travelled to Syria have revealed that they met Masood, one of many youths killed, in a city known as Atme once they crossed over from Turkey in 2013.

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