A 30-year-old marketing manager of Indian Oil Corporation was arrested by Rajasthan’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) from Jaipur for allegedly working for the terror group Islamic State (IS).
Mohammad Sirajuddin, who hails from Karnataka, was arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on Thursday and is being questioned.
He was living in Jaipur with his wife and children since April 2014. However, for the last three months, he had been living alone.
According to Alok Tripathi, additional director general (ADG), ATS, Sirajuddin was using Internet groups and forums to instigate Muslim youth to join the IS.
“The accused got active nearly five months ago when he started urging the youth to work for ISIS, an organization banned in the country, through social networking sites like Facebook, WhatsApp groups and by another social networking app – Telegram.”
Further elaborating on the case, Tripathi added that on a complaint, their teams verified antecedents of the accused, and checked his WhatsApp, Facebook, and Telegram accounts.
“The accused was allegedly running a Facebook page titled ‘Dairy of a Mujahidhin’ through which he was into finding the youth who were a bit angry with the system in the country,” he said.
Sirajuddin was in a “two-way communication online with known and active members” of the terror group, the police had said.
He will be presented before a magistrate on December 11 and the police will seek his remand for further interrogation.
ATS officials have also seized some objectionable material from his residence in Jaipur.
“We have seized a number of issues of ISIS’ online magazine “Dabik”, pictures, and video from the possession of the youth.”
“Though ISIS/ISIL (other acronyms used for the IS) has not been able to establish any significant presence in India, its success in radicalising some youth, attracting certain section of the local population/Indian diaspora… or the possibility of piggybacking on terrorist groups operating in India have opened up the possibility of ISIS-sponsored action on Indian territory.”