New Delhi, Jan 22: Akhlaq-ur-Rehman, arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi police from Uttarakhand's Haridwar was contacted by the Islamic State (ISIS) after he expressed his views on 22nd anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition in 2014.
Akhlaq-ur-Rehman was among four arrested from Haridwar, on charges of plotting an attack on the Ardh Kumbh mela.
A day after his post, Akhlaq, a first-year student at a polytechnic in Roorkee then,he was approached by Yousufal-Hindi who claimed to be an Islamic preacher.
Yousufal-Hindi termed him a ‘daring intellectual', reported the Times of India. He invited him to a chat to 'channelise' his anger in the 'right direction'.
Akhlaq started chatting with Yousufal-Hindi and latter their conversation progressed from problems in India to global issues.
"He was always patient with me and heard me out for as long as I wanted. We spoke about growing atrocities on Muslims and he asked me what a probable solution could be," a source quoted Akhlaq as saying.
The four youths were booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, which does not include the Arms Act as no weapons were recovered from them. The accused were sent to a 15-day jail custody by the court on Wednesday.