New Delhi, Aug 26: The National Investigation Agency says that the claims made by Areeb Majeed, an ISIS returnee are completely fabricated. This is in response to Majeed's accusation in court that he was brought down by the NIA and was betrayed.
The NIA says that contrary to what Majeed has been suggesting, it was the Maharashtra ATS which arrested him on November 29, 2014 at the Mumbai airport.
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The arrest was made on the basis of a missing complaint which was filed by his family after he had left his home town in Kalyan (Maharashtra) for Syria to be part of the ISIS, the NIA also told a court which was hearing a bail plea filed by Majeed.
Majeed along with four others had left Kalyan in Maharashtra after they were radicalised. All four of them had left for Syria to fight alongside the ISIS.
Majeed who had begged to return as he was treated poorly, accused the NIA of taking him into custody. He even said that the NIA had kept him in illegal detention and subjected him to third degree treatment.
The NIA, however, said that there is documentary proof of the ATS arresting him. Further the NIA also said that there is proof to show the NIA taking his custody from the ATS. There is a station house diary to this effect and hence his claims are completely fabricated.
Majeed told the court while seeking bail that his arrest is a betrayal by India. He says that it was the Indian consulate in Turkey and the government of India which facilitated his return. He expressed concern that he had been arrested and termed this action as illegal.
He even says that he was in illegal detention for 48 hours upon his return. He further complains that he was handcuffed and tortured by the investigating agencies.