Kerala sex slave case: NIA arrests main accused Riyaz
The National Investigation Agency has made a crucial arrest in connection with the Kerala sex slave case. It arrested one Muhammad Riyaz, the prime accused from the Chennai International Airport.
It may be recalled that the NIA had registered a case against nine persons following a complaint by a Gujarat based lady. She had alleged that she was forcibly converted to Islam and an attempt was made to sell her off to the Islamic State in Syria as a sex slave.
The case was originally registered by the Kerala Police on December 13 2017 against nine accused persons and their unknown associates, based on a complaint received by the SP, Ernakulam Rural from the victim, who is a native of Pathanamthitta district, Kerala but presently residing in Gujarat state.
The victim has stated in the complaint that Muhammed Riyaz, pursuant to the criminal conspiracy hatched with co- accused and their unknown associates had lured her, raped her, recorded her objectionable videos, threatened her, forcefully converted her to Islam and married her by creating forged documents. She has also alleged that she was taken to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia by the accused persons with the intention of further transporting her to Syria.
Riyaz was detained at Chennai International Airport on his arrival from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Consequently, NIA investigators at Chennai had verified his identity and seized two mobile phones besides one pen drive from the accused, before summoning him to Kochi, for further examination. The accused reported to NIA Branch Office, Kochi and was examined in detail regarding the incriminating facts appearing against him, before he was arrested.