Computer analyst, dentist despatched Bengaluru youths to hitch IS: NIA

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Written by Johnson T A
| Bengaluru |

October 18, 2020 8:28:30 am

The National Investigation Agency (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 National Investigation Agency (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 below the Unlawful Activities (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 at the moment reportedly primarily based in Saudi Arabia.
The two are alleged to have constructed contacts with IS by way of 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 gentle 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 played a very significant role in radicalization of the members of the group and arranged funds through donations and own sources for visit of accused Abdur Rahman and other Muslim youth of Bengaluru to Syria to join ISIS. Two of such youth got killed in Syria,” the NIA mentioned after the October 7 arrests.
The two 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. Both 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 mentioned, “There seem to have been many youths who travelled from Bengaluru to Syria at the time. Some returned to India after short visits while some seem to have died there. The identities of all those who went are being unearthed now.”
Investigations because the 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 referred to as Atme after they crossed over from Turkey in 2013.
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