The probe being conducted into the alleged activities of an ISIS sympathiser from Karnataka has led investigators to Maharashtra and Telangana.
The Rajasthan ATS had two days back arrested one Sirajjudin, an official with the Indian Oil Corporation. Hailing from Karnataka, Sirajjudin was working with the IOC in Rajasthan and has been accused of propagating in favour of the ISIS and also instigating youth to join the outfit.
The family members in Gulbarga however are still awaiting details. His father has left for Jaipur while his mother and sister in Gulbarga are waiting for information on Sirajjudin.
Investigators in Rajasthan however say that they are getting more details as the probe progresses and there is a trail that has led up to other states as well.
Probe may expand
The probe against Sirajjudin is likely to expand in the days to come. The Karnataka police will send its team to question Sirajjudin. Requests from Telangana and Maharashtra too are likely to be received by the Rajasthan ATS.
The Telangana police has been probing a series of similar cases. Recently the Telangana police had arrested Afsha Jabeen who was accused of propagating for the ISIS.
The police would be interested to see if there are any links between the two cases. Meanwhile the Telangana police also placed under the scanner a 30 year Kenyan woman working as a domestic help at Tolichowki in Hyderabad.
It was alleged that she had posted a picture of an actor with an AK-47 rifle. The police are trying to verify if she had any links with Sirajjudin.
ISIS propaganda for 5 months
An officer with the Rajasthan ATS informed OneIndia that Sirajjudin was posting messages in favour of the ISIS since the past five months. We are yet to ascertain the extent of his reach. However our investigations so far so that he was in touch with several youth from different parts of the country.
The ATS would also look to find out how many youth, Sirajjudin managed to radicalise. There are 12,000 pages of transcripts that the investigators are studying. He had used various social media platforms and messaging applications to spread the ISIS ideology the police have alleged.