New Delhi, May 16: The Intelligence Bureau picked up an intercept which suggests that Shafi Armar, alleged to be the head of the Indian unit of the ISIS is still alive. A month back, it was stated that he may have been killed in an air strike at Syria by the US.
However now intelligence bureau officials confirm that the man who had died may not have been Armar.The IB says that this appeared to be a ploy to lower the heat.
With the NIA arresting nearly 20 persons across the country who were allegedly linked to the ISIS, the name of Armar had cropped up as the main recruiter.
The news could have been floated by their social media team to take the scanner of Armar for sometime, the IB suggests.
Armar in Syria:
Shafi is the brother of Sultan Armar who had floated the Ansar-ut-Tawhid a front to recruit Indians into the ISIS. However Sultan is said to have died last year in Syria following which Shafi took over.
The 26 year old Shafi is a native of Bhatkal
Both Sultan and Shafi were initially part of the Indian Mujahideen, but broke away as they did not want to work under the control of the ISI.
They felt that the ISIS provided a better agenda and hence joined the outfit. While the outfit that Shafi ran was called as the AuT, for the Indian operations he operated under the banner of Janood al Khalifa Hind.