Bengaluru, Dec 17: The Rajasthan Anti Terrorism Squad which is probing the case against an alleged ISIS sympathiser from Karnataka says that his radicalisation process began when he was studying in Surathkal, Karnataka.
While carrying out raids and also subsequently questioning the Indian Oil Corporation official Mohammad Sirajjudin, they had found that he would post highly communal content and this had even led to the blocking of his social media accounts. He was arrested in Jaipur over two weeks back.
The investigation is still underway and in a few days time a team of the National Investigation Agency and the Central Intelligence Bureau would question him.
Radicalisation from college:
Sirrajuddin who hails from Karnataka had studied at a college in Surathkal which is the coastal area of the state. The police say that they had done a backgrounder on him and had found that he was extremely communal by nature. The police from Karnataka however had confirmed that there are no pending cases against him in the state.
The ATS suspects that his radicalisation could have begun when he was in college. This was being based on the type of content that he had been posting online. His messages on his social media accounts were communally sensitive and around five years back, the same had been blocked as well.
However, it was only since the past year and a half that the 30 year old began showing interest in the ISIS. The ATS while raiding his flat in Jaipur found copies of the Dabiq magazine. He had printed out copies of this magazine, the ATS says. Dabiq is a propaganda magazine that is being run by the ISIS.
His browsing habits which were under the scanner had indicated that he was close to some of the ISIS recruiters and sympathisers from across the globe. He would also get in touch with several youth and try luring them into the ISIS, the ATS has also alleged. His browsing history would also show that he had been in touch with several youth especially in South India.
The police also say that he was a loner and would not mingle with anyone after office hours. However at his work place, he showed no signs of being a radical. He would finish work and then confine himself to his apartment.