NIA treading with caution, says no ISIS sympathiser can leave India

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The National Investigating Agency is treading with caution and has taken every step to ensure that no more youth remotely connected to the ISIS leave the country. "If they are on the radar then they shall not leave and we hope the same is followed across the country," an NIA official told OneIndia.

The NIA says that they are in the process of issuing look out circulars against several youth and the same would be circulated across all police stations and airports. If there is a look out circular these persons should be prevented from leaving the officer also informed.

No ISIS sympathiser can leave India: NIA

Kalyan youth, businessman stopped

The NIA has already prevented two persons from going abroad. While one is a businessman and the other is a mechanical engineer. Both these persons hail from Kalyan in Maharashtra.

Kalyan had been on the radar ever since four youth had left to Iraq to join the ISIS. One of the youth, Areef Majeed however returned after claiming that he was disappointed with the functioning of the ISIS.

The NIA says that as per the original plan five youth from Kalyan were meant to leave for Iraq. However one mechanical engineer dropped out at the last minute.

Two days back the engineer said that he got a job in Saudi and hence wanted to leave the country. The NIA however forbade it stating that since he is under the radar he shall not leave India.

In the case of the businessman, the NIA says that there was a look out circular issued against him. They were informed by the local police about his travel plans abroad. The NIA made it clear that he cannot leave the country.

A growing tribe of ISIS sympathizers

NIA officials say that Kalyan is emerging as a major hub for ISIS sympathizers. We have found that there is a well oiled network in this place which helps ISIS sympathizers join the outfit.

An NGO, a travel agency and a headhunter are in place here which facilitates the travel to either Iraq or Syria. Areeb Majeed and the rest had used the same network to travel abroad and join the ISIS.

The NGO in particular is under the scanner and it has been found that it had become a recruitment hub for the ISIS. The NGO is approached by these youth and if they cannot afford the travel it is the NGO which pays for it.

The NIA is also on the look out for several head hunters in Kalyan. They suspect that there could be at least four head hunters who are actively working for the ISIS.

The NIA says it is preparing a detailed dossier on the operations of the ISIS. We have gathered a lot of data from our investigations and would prepare a dossier soon, the NIA officer further points out.

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