Bengaluru, Nov 14: The presence of a Maharashtra based couple in ISIS territory at Mosul has stunned investigators. The revelation made by an ISIS recruit from Tamil Nadu to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has left officials scrambling for missing person records.
The NIA has been questioning 31-year-old Subahani Haja Moideen for several days now. Moideen had returned from Iraq as he was unable to bear the bloodshed. However, upon his return to Tamil Nadu, he once again got in touch with handlers of the ISIS online and is alleged to have planned on setting up a module for the outfit in South India.
I saw a Maharashtra based couple
Moideen does not name the couple. He in fact says he met them very briefly at Mosul when he was there. While he says that he met the couple in ISIS territory, he, however, does not confirm if they were part of the outfit.
"They were in the same territory as I was," he said. "I, however, do not know their names," he also added. Officials in Maharashtra are now checking on details of missing persons to identify this couple. So far there has been no headway made in this regard, an official informed.
Several persons from Maharashtra had left the state in recent months to join the ISIS. In fact one of the four Maharashtra based youth, Areeb Majeed had joined the ISIS only to return after being told to clean toilets in Iraq.