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Abu Dhabi module recruited nine Indians for Islamic State, sent some to Syria: NIA probe

The tracking of Damudi’s online and offline activities showed that he was influencing youths on radical Islam and was in touch with the Armar brothers from Bhatkal.

Written by Johnson T A | Bengaluru | Published: February 11, 2017 3:59 am
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AN ABU Dhabi module of the Islamic State — comprising three Indian youths — recruited eight men from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana, and even sent some of them to Syria to join the IS, a probe by the National Investigation Agency has revealed. The NIA registered a case a fortnight ago regarding the recruitment “of nine persons — eight hailing from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana, and some other unknown persons, with the intention to further the activities of Daesh/ISIS, a banned terrorist organisation in India”.

According to NIA case records, a criminal conspiracy was hatched “in Chennai and other parts of the country by forming a terrorist gang which raised and received funds, organised camps, recruited and trained some persons, and facilitated their travel to Syria, to join ISIS”.

The Abu Dhabi module was busted in January 2016 following the arrest and deportation of the three Indians from the UAE: Adnan Hussain from Karnataka, Mohammed Farhan from Maharashtra and Sheikh Azhar Al Islam from Kashmir.

The records show they were accused by the NIA of being “involved in a conspiracy to identify, motivate, radicalise, recruit and train Indian citizens located both in India and other countries for planning and executing terrorist attacks in India and in other friendly countries”.

Adnan Hussain, 34, an accountant from Bhatkal town who had been working in the UAE since 2012, had emerged on the radar of police after he was found to have transferred funds to the account of Abdul Basith, a youth from Hyderabad who had been recruited to join the IS by Indian recruiters Sultan Armar and Shafi Armar.

Adnan Hussain, alias Adnan Damudi, transferred funds to an account linked to Basith to enable him to travel to Syria along with four others recruited from Hyderabad but the trip came to an abrupt end after the families of the youths got wind of their plan and sought help to bring them back.

The tracking of Damudi’s online and offline activities showed that he was influencing youths on radical Islam and was in touch with the Armar brothers from Bhatkal. Sultan Armar was reported by IS-linked websites to have been killed in Kobane in Syria in March 2015. His brother Shafi’s name has subsequently emerged in multiple investigations as the main online recruiter, motivator and plotter for IS activities in India. The brothers were originally part of the core group of the Indian Mujahideen terror outfit before breaking away and swearing allegiance to IS.

Adnan Damudi, while working in the UAE, was involved with Shafi Armar in managing two pro-IS media websites run by Al Isabah media and Ansar ul Tawheed, a breakaway group of the Indian Mujahideen, investigations have found. NIA investigations of the activities of Damudi and the two others of the Abu Dhabi module have revealed that several people had been recruited for IS activities in south India by the module with some also travelling to Syria.

An NIA investigation last year of a pan-India IS module called the Junood ul Khilafa fil Hind — created by Shafi Armar through online and offline recruitments — had revealed that Armar and a Hyderabad youth Mohammed Nafees Khan alias Fatima Khan alias Abu Zarrar alias Akram, 21, designated as a local IS leader, helped two men from Hyderabad travel to Syria in 2015. The two men — one from Muradnagar and the other from Golconda — went to Syria via Turkey and Singapore, respectively, the investigations found.

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    Ali Baba
    Feb 11, 2017 at 1:03 am
    क्या इन मेसे कोई कांग्रेसी है ? गाँधी नेहरू परिवार का है ? खड़गे का रिश्तेदार है ? पढ़े ज्वलंत प्रश्न🔥🔥🔥🔥 💥मंगल पांडे को फाँसी❓ 💥तात्या टोपे को फाँसी❓ 💥रानी लक्ष्मीबाई को अंग्रेज सेना ने घेर कर मारा❓ 💥भगत सिंह को फाँसी❓ 💥सुखदेव को फाँसी❓ 💥राजगुरु को फाँसी❓ 💥चंद्रशेखर आजाद का एनकाउंटर🔫 अंग्रेज पुलिस द्वारा❓ 💥सुभाषचन्द्र बोस को गायब करा दिया गया❓ 💥भगवती चरण वोहरा बम विस्फोट 💣में मृत्यु💥रामप्रसाद बिस्मिल को फाँसी 💥अशफाकउल्लाह खान को फाँसी 💥रोशन सिंह को फाँसी💥लाला लाजपत राय की लाठीचार्ज में मृत्यु💥वीर सावरकर को कालापानी की सजा चाफेकर बंधू (3 भाई) को फाँसी मास्टर सूर्यसेन को फाँसी ये तो कुछ ही नाम है जिन्होंने स्वतन्त्रता संग्राम और इस देश की आजादी में अपना सर्वोच्च बलिदान दिया कई वीर ऐसे है हम और आप जिनका नाम तक नहीं जानते एक बात समझ मे नही आती कि भगवान ने गांधी और नेहरु को ऐसे कौन से कवच-कुण्डंल दिये थे जिसकी वजह से अग्रेंजो ने इन दोनो को फाँसी तो दूर , कभी एक लाठी तक नही मारी...उपर से यह दोनों भारत के बापू और चाचा बन गए और इनकी पीढ़ियाँ आज भी पूरे देश के उपर अपना पेंटेंट समझती है गहराई से सोचिये और हयूम जो ब्रिटिश इंटेलिजेंट विभाग का चीफ था उसने जनता के आक्रोश को थामकर उसको दिशा भ्रमित करने के लिए कांग्रेस की स्थापना की थी इस कारण शरुआत में कांग्रेस की मेम्बर शिप के लिए अंग्रेजी का ज्ञान जरुरी था और जिसको अंग्रेजी आती थी वही मेम्बर बन सकता था इस कारण 1930 के रावी प्रस्ताव तक कांग्रेस में गीत गाया जाता था राजा अमर रहे मतलब ब्रिटिश राजा अमर रहे गॉड सेव दी किंग उधर जब क्रान्तिकारियो ने पूर्ण स्वराज्य का नारा बुलंद किया तो कांग्रेस की आवाज में बदलाव आया वरना कोई कांग्रेसी का भी आजादी की लड़ाई में शहीद नहीं हुआ
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      vvvvv
      Feb 11, 2017 at 2:58 am
      This is completely inhuman.. Always islam taught Hubul Watani isnt...... what i learned from my collegues.. First preference to our motherland where we bought ...love to the country what u r islam taught....Jai Hind
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        vvvvv
        Feb 11, 2017 at 3:05 am
        This is new wave of terrorsism. IF u dont understand it is u r problem not nation proble, why hiji and Nahru ji given these status bcoz they sacrifice for the independence who said they not got any stick from stupid britishers force this all lies and dont please make more partiations to our indians.. This is all RSS and VHP IDeolog to divide and rule same like Britishers... hiji given his w life as Ahinsa and Nehru well educated written so many articles .. Hope u understand now.. All Adhi ahdees.. Jai Hind
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          Rakesh Pandit
          Feb 11, 2017 at 10:33 am
          And you will never see any muslim condemning such terrorist muslims. So all muslims are also equally bad and should be never trusted. Their own Kuwait and Saudi have banned entry of muslims ftom a few other cohntries like syria end porkistan. So imagine how hateful this entire community is.
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            devender
            Feb 11, 2017 at 3:36 am
            SP AND CONG WORKER raped and killed UTTARAKHAND FREEDOM FIGHTERS in MUZZAFARNAFAR
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