NIA nabs IS ''facilitator'' from Bengal

A 19-year-old engineering student hailing from West Bengal was arrested by the NIA in Delhi for acting as a facilitator for the Islamic State (IS) terror group, an official said on Thursday.

IANS| Updated: Mar 17, 2016, 20:30 PM IST

Kolkata: A 19-year-old engineering student hailing from West Bengal was arrested by the NIA in Delhi for acting as a facilitator for the Islamic State (IS) terror group, an official said on Thursday.

"Ashik Ahammed alias Raja, a resident of Dhaniakhali, in Hooghly district was arrested in Delhi in a case relating to terrorist conspiracy. He was engaged as a facilitator to some of the key members of the IS-affiliated terror module, who wanted to recruit and radicalise youths in West Bengal," said an officer of the National Investigation Agency.

Ahammed, who is pursuing a diploma course in mechanical engineering from a private college in Durgapur of Burdwan district, was in February detained by the NIA and interrogated at length.

The NIA in January busted a terror module, arresting several people from cities across the country "who were in the process of organising themselves to commit terrorist acts". During the interrogation of the accused Ahammed`s name cropped up.

Ahammed was presented before the NIA Special Court in Delhi on the day which sent him to police custody for five days.