US-returned engineer, on way to join ISIS, arrested in Hyderabad

The Hyderabad Police on Friday arrested a 32-year-old US-returned engineering graduate when he was about to board a flight to Dubai.

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2015, 10:09 AM IST
US-returned engineer, on way to join ISIS, arrested in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Police on Friday arrested a 32-year-old US-returned engineering graduate when he was about to board a flight to Dubai.

The Cyberabad Police claimed that Hyderabad resident Salman Mohiuddin was on way to Dubai to join terror group Islamic State or the ISIS.

As per police, Salman was allegedly planning to go to Syria via Turkey to join the ISIS.

"During his stay in the USA, he met a lady called Nicky Joseph alias Nicky alias Nicole alias Ayesha, a British national and a neo-Muslim based in Dubai with a fundamentalist leaning towards Islam," said a press release issued here.

"In 2014, after the establishment of the Caliphate in Iraq and Syria, Salman and Nicky began taking interest in developmental activities of the Islamic State," the release said.

"They created various Facebook groups under pseudonyms and began attracting people interested in ISIS," the release said.

Salman returned to India in the last week of October, 2014 after he was denied a US visa. During his stay here, he tried to attract youth across the country using social media, the release said.

"Further, he intended to undergo training in Syria and return to indulge in anti-national activities in the country," the release said.

ACP Sudarshan told reporters that the suspect, who has been arrested under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) and Information Technology Act, has confessed to having indoctrined other Indians.

"He has been taken into custody and is being questioned. He has confessed to having this kind of literature with him and also confessed to have indoctrinated certain youth in our country. The investigation is in primary stage. We have arrested him, are going to produce him in the court of law and will try to take him into police custody to question him further," he said.

(With agency inputs)