Alleged terror ‘recruit’ was planning anti-India activities: Police

Police officials claimed that the youth planned to undergo training in Syria and indulge in anti-national activities once he returns to India.

By P S Jayaram

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Published: Mon 19 Jan 2015, 1:01 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:57 PM

Hyderabad — Salman Mohiuddin, a Hyderabad-based engineer who was arrested by the Cyberabad police on Friday while on his way to Syria to join the Daesh militant group, intended to return to India and carry out anti-national activities in the country.

Revealing this, police said the 32-year-old US-returned techie who was arrested on Friday just before he could board a flight, had been actively trying to recruit youth across India for the Daesh using social media networks. Mohiuddin returned to India in October last year from the US after his visa was not renewed.

Police officials claimed that the youth planned to undergo training in Syria and indulge in anti-national activities once he returns to India. “Mohiuddin, who had gone to the US four years ago, came in contact with a British woman living in the Middle East. Identified as Nicky Joseph alias Nicky alias Nicole alias Ayesha, she converted to Islam and had a “fundamentalist leaning,” police said.

“In 2014, after the establishment of the caliphate in Iraq and Syria, Salman and Nicky started taking interest in development activities of the Daesh terrorist group. They created various Facebook groups under pseudo names and started attracting people who were interested in Daesh.”

The counter-intelligence of Telangana was tracking the techie through his online activities. He allegedly used social media to attract youth from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Bihar and other states towards the Daesh. Police are now trying to identify the youth who were in touch with him through Facebook.

Police arrested Mohiuddin under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Information Technology Act. Various electronic gadgets were also recovered from him.

Police sources said that as he spent four years in the US, the information gathered from him about his activities during his stay abroad will be shared with the Interpol.

A resident of Bazarghat area of Hyderabad, Mohiuddin left for the US after graduation in engineering. He earned a master’s degree in electronics from Texas Southern University and was doing odd jobs when he got indoctrinated in Daesh ideology on social media.

Meanwhile, Mohiuddin’s family has dismissed the charges levelled against him baseless. His father Ahmed Mohiuddin, a retired civil engineer, said he was implicated in a false case. “My son was on his way to take up a job. I am absolutely confident of my son and he would not do anything wrong,” his father said. -news@khaleejtimes.com



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