Hyderabad, Dec 17: Two persons were deported to India after Turkish officials found that they were attempting to join the ISIS. The duo who are residents of Telangana had travelled from the United States of America and Saudi Arabia to Turkey and were attempting to cross over into ISIS territory. Gufran and Hamid hailing from Warrangal and Hyderabad respectively are said to have been radicalised over the web. The duo who are friends had decided to join the ISIS. They are said to have been radicalised through an online forum of the ISIS.
Hamid was working in the US while Gufran was at Saudi Arabia. After it was decided that they would be joining the ISIS, Hamid flew down to Jizan in Saudi Arabia from where he called his parents. He informed them that he along with Gufran would join the ISIS as they believed in its ideology. The parents immediately informed the police. The matter was then intimated to the Intelligence Bureau following which the issue was escalated to the Turkish authorities. Both the IB and the authorities in Turkey kept a close watch on their movements.
The duo then landed in Turkey during the earlier part of this year. They were attempting to cross over into Syria with the help of a tout of the ISIS. However they were apprehended in Turkey. They were kept in jail for four months. Once the documentation process was completed from the Indian side, they were deported in the month of October.
Upon their arrival in India, they were questioned by both officials of the Intelligence Bureau and the police. Officials of both agencies found that the duo were only attempting to join the ISIS. No offence per se had been committed and hence it was decided to counsel them.
The process of counselling is still on said an Intelligence Bureau official. We are keeping a close watch on both of them as we want to ensure that they do not turn into repeat offenders. It is clear from what they have been saying that they were radicalised online. While one of them was surfing the net, they came in contact with an online handler of the ISIS who led them on to joining the outfit. Both began discussing the issue and then decided to join the outfit, the Intelligence Bureau official also said.