The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested two men from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for allegedly recruiting for Islamic State (IS) and for funding the travel of the recruits to Syria.
The two arrested persons are Ahamed Abdul Cader and Irfan Nasir. While Cader is a bank analyst from Tamil Nadu, Nasir is a rice merchant from Frazer Town in Bengaluru.
The case was registered suo-moto by NIA after certain incriminating facts emerged about a Bengaluru-based ISIS module during the investigation.
The probe was related to the Islamic State Khorasan Province case. One Dr. Abdur Rahman alias Dr Brave, a resident of Bengaluru, was arrested in the said case.
During his interrogation, names of his associates, who had travelled to Syria in 2013-2014 to join ISIS, surfaced. Further investigation resulted in busting of a module, which revealed that accused Cader, Nasir and their associates were members of Hizb-ut-Tehrir, who had formed a group called ‘Quran Circle’.
They radicalised gullible Muslim youths in Bengaluru and funded their travel to conflict zones in Syria to assist ISIS terrorists.
Accused Ahamed Abdul Cader, Irfan Nasir and their associates played a very significant role in radicalisation of the members of the Group and arranged funds through donations and own sources for visit of accused Abdur Rahman and other Muslim youth of Bengaluru to Syria to join ISIS. Two of such youth got killed in Syria.