The NIA has arrested an ophthalmologist from a medical school in Bengaluru for allegedly being in contact with ISIS operatives, working to develop a medical and a weaponry-related functions to assist terrorist cadres and furthering its actions within the nation, officers stated Tuesday.
Abdur Rahman, 28, working at MS Ramaiah Medical College, was taken into custody on Monday in reference to the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) case being probed by the company, they stated.
The ISKP case was initially registered by the Delhi Police Special Cell in March, 2020, after the arrest of a Kashmiri couple — Jahanzaib Sami Wani and his spouse Hina Bashir Beigh — from Okhla Vihar, Jamia Nagar within the nationwide capital.
The couple having affiliations with the ISKP, an affiliate group of ISIS, had been allegedly concerned in subversive and anti-national actions and had been in contact with a member of the Abu Dhabi module of the ISIS, Abdullah Basith, who was arrested in a separate NIA case and lodged in Tihar jail.
“During interrogation, arrested accused Rahman confessed that he was conspiring with accused Sami and other Syria-based ISIS operatives on secure messaging platforms to further ISIS activities. He was in the process of developing a medical application for helping the injured ISIS cadres in the conflict zones and a weaponry-related application for the benefit of ISIS fighters,” NIA spokesperson Sonia Narang stated.
The NIA has discovered that Rahman allegedly toured Syria and visited an ISIS medical camp in early 2014 for therapy of the terrorists for 10 days and returned to India.
After Rahman’s arrest, the NIA carried out searches at three of his premises and seized digital units, cell phone, laptop computer containing incriminating materials, Ms Narang stated.
Besides Rahman and the Kashmir couple, the company had additionally arrested two Pune residents — Sadiya Anwar Sheikh and Nabeel Siddick Khatri — for allegedly being a part of the conspiracy to additional the actions of ISIS/ISKP in India and to hold out subversive actions within the garb of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests.
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