NIA arrests Bengaluru-based ophthalmologist for allegedly furthering ISIS trigger

Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18

The anti-terror probe company, National Investigation Agency, on Tuesday mentioned it had arrested accused Abdur Rahman, who works as an ophthalmologist at MS Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, in reference to the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) case.

According to the NIA, the case was initially registered by the Delhi Police Special Cell in March this 12 months after the arrest of a Kashmiri couple, Jahanzaib Sami Wani and his spouse Hina Bashir Beigh, from Okhla Vihar in Jamia Nagar, Delhi.

The couple was allegedly discovered to be related to the ISKP, which is a banned organisation below the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), as it’s an extension of the ISIS. They had been discovered to be concerned in subversive and anti-national actions and had been additionally discovered to be in contact with Abdullah Basith, who was already lodged in Tihar jail in one other NIA case.

The NIA officers mentioned additional investigations revealed that two extra accused — Sadiya Anwar Sheikh and Nabeel Siddick Khatri — each residents of Pune, had been a part of the conspiracy to additional the actions of the ISIS/ISKP in India and perform subversive actions within the garb of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests.

“During interrogation, arrested accused Abdur Rahman confessed that he was conspiring with accused Jahanzaib Sami and other Syria-based ISIS operatives on secure messaging platforms to further ISIS activities. He was in the process of developing a medical application for helping the injured ISIS cadres in the conflict-zones and a weaponry-related application for the benefit of ISIS fighters,” a senior NIA official mentioned.

The official added that Rahman additionally confessed that he had visited an ISIS medical camp in Syria in early 2014 for remedy of the ISIS terrorists and stayed with the Islamic State operatives for 10 days earlier than returning to India.

After arresting him, the NIA carried out searches at three premises belonging to him in Bangalore with the help of Karnataka police and seized digital units, cell phone and a laptop computer containing incriminating materials.

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