Mangaluru, Jan 27: The arrest of suspected IS sympathiser Najmul Huda from Permude village tucked in the corner of Mangaluru has dropped spotlight on educated Muslims falling prey to the web of global jihad.
Najmul Huda, a 26-year-old diploma holder in polymer technology and a chemical engineering dropout from a well-known R V Engineering college, was arrested for allegedly sympathising with the Islamic State and for carrying out suspected activities over the social media.
The NIA, in a country-wide anti-terror swooping, arrested Huda, and seized five mobile phones, laptop, CDs and DVDs from his place. He was arrested from his house at Permude of Dakshina Kannada in a pre-dawn raid.
Now the family of Huda is shocked over the unexpected development, while they still maintain that 'Najmul is a masoom baccha' (innocent child). The family of Huda had migrated to Mangaluru almost 26 years back from Bihar. His father Saiful Huda is a cleric at a local mosque, Usmaniya Mohammedi Masjid at Permude.
Saiful Huda and his family, after repeated requests, agreed to give a brief interview to OneIndia in which the family stood behind Huda and Islam claiming Najmul is innocent. His sister (did not wish to name) said he was in possession of casual videos of ISIS, which the whole world sees through the internet.
"You know what is happening to Islam at global level. I do not want to talk about that. We are deeply saddened by the arrest as we believe that he is innocent", his sister rued.
When questioned why he was in a bid to fly to abroad, particularity Dubai, she said the family persuaded him to move out of the country to find a job. He was jobless and was looking after a mobile shop owned by his elder friend who resides at Mumbai.
It has to be observed that sleuths seized keys of the shop when he was arrested and was taken for the interrogation. Saiful Huda, father of Najmul, admitted his son was sharing IS related posts on Facebook, but it was casual shares and nothing unusual as to brand Najmul a sympathiser of IS or terrorist.
However, Saiful vociferously said Islam is being isolated across the globe and those fighting for the rights are looked at as terrorists. When asked "does Quran support killings", he said "Islam is a religion of peace and it does not support killing of women and children."
Najmul's mother (did not wish to name), whose eyes were numb while conversing said "ye to masoom baccha hai" (he is innocent child). The RV college now says he was not attending classes since 2013, while news reports say he dropped out in 2014.
On the other hand, his mother questioned, "why the RV authorities failed to inform us about his attendance in 2013. Are they now lying?" She genuinely pointed that how parents could know about what son is doing many miles away.
Besides she maintained that 4 mobile phones those were captured by the NIA were basic sets and all were defunct. There was one smart phone which Najmul was using.
She also disclosed that he was sharing usual posts on Facebook and 'Jihad' related photos. Najmul's sister said, he had one video of PM Narendra Modi visiting the Google office. What offense is holding the video?, she asked. "He was not using Skype. He did not had dongle and how he can avail the Skype?"
Saiful Huda, hoping his son would be released soon, said, "the NIA and Delhi Police showed video contents to me in Mangaluru commissioner's office. Astonishingly, there was no single content of Narendra Modi except few IS related videos."