The National Investigation Agency have revealed that the criminal conspiracy to recruit youth into the Islamic State was hatched in Chennai. Some youth in Chennai were in touch with a module in Abu Dhabi to recruit youth into the IS as well as collect funds, probe papers say.
The entire modus operandi came to light after three Indians from the United Arab Emirates were deported to India. Those deported were Adnan Hussaini from Bhatkal in Karnataka, Mohammad Farhan from Maharashtra and Sheikh Azhar from Kashmir. It was found during the probe that Hussaini had transferred funds to India. Investigators say that these funds were meant for recruitment purposes.
Investigations show that this module had managed to recruit eight persons from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana. The module members in Abu Dhabi were in touch with youth in Chennai and Telangana to recruit, NIA investigations also show.
The probe also found that apart from recruiting into the IS, the module also planned on carrying out attacks in India. All the members were being managed by Shafi Armar who is the alleged boss for the IS activities in India. Armar is believed to be in Syria and controls the module, Intelligence Bureau officials say.
The module apart from planning attacks is also said to have facilitated the travel of several youth to Syria who showed interest in joining the IS. NIA officials say that this probe has a very wide ambit. The NIA had busted a India wide module last year in which it was found youth from across the country had been recruited into the IS which calls itself the Junood ul Khilafa Hind.