In ‘Islamic State recruiter’ case, his mother’s letter is key NIA evidence

Sheikh Azhar ul Islam and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh, who were deported from Dubai with Damudi last year, recently pleaded guilty to the charges against them and were convicted by a Delhi court. Damudi is contesting the case against him and is being currently tried by a special court.

Written by Johnson T A | Bengaluru | Updated: June 7, 2017 9:37 am
islamic State India, IS India, ISIS India, India Islamic state, ISIS, Islamic state, IS recruiter india, ISIS recruits india, ISIS terrorists india, Indians in islamic state, indians in ISIS, indian express In the letter, handwritten in Urdu, Banu has expressed her anger, disappointment and knowledge of her son’s “unlawful activities’’.

A mother’s letter to her son questioning his association with terrorists is being used by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as key evidence against an Indian man accused of being an online recruiter for the Islamic State (IS). Adnan Hasan Damudi, 36, accused of aiding youths from around the world in joining the IS in Syria and Iraq from 2012 to 2015, was arrested by the NIA in January 2016 after he was deported from the UAE. A letter written by his mother, Gulshan Banu, questioning his links with radical elements — seized by the police in the UAE at the time of Damudi’s detention — has been cited by the NIA as key evidence in his legal trial, besides details of his online activities and alleged fund transfers to youths around the world to entice them to join the IS.

In the letter, handwritten in Urdu, Banu has expressed her anger, disappointment and knowledge of her son’s “unlawful activities’’. Submitting the letter in court, the NIA has also gathered Banu’s handwriting samples to forensically prove its authenticity. Damudi, who hails from Bhatkal in Karnataka, has been identified by Indian agencies, including the NIA, as being a key figure behind the luring of youths from around the world, including several from India, towards the IS from 2012 to 2015. Damudi, a former Dubai-based accountant, and two others — Sheikh Azhar ul Islam, 24, from Kashmir and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh, 25, from Maharashtra — were named by the NIA as an Abu Dhabi module of the IS involved in recruitment of youths.

Sheikh Azhar ul Islam and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh, who were deported from Dubai with Damudi last year, recently pleaded guilty to the charges against them and were convicted by a Delhi court. Damudi is contesting the case against him and is being currently tried by a special court. The NIA has accused the trio of “criminal conspiracy to propagate ideology, recruit persons, raise funds and facilitate the travel of such recruited persons to Syria for furtherance of activities of the ISIS”.  Damudi has been specifically accused of providing 3,000 dirhams to a youth from Hyderabad in 2014 to enable him to travel to Syria/ Iraq to join the IS. He is also alleged to have transferred 1,300 dirhams from his Dubai bank account to Yehlam De Guzman Feira from the Philippines, and 5,000 dirhams to Anand Tahira @Amzz Lycn, also from the Philippines, to enable them to travel to Syria to join the IS.

He is accused of online links with IS operatives from Australia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Serbia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, UAE and UK apart from India. Damudi is also accused of online association with a Philippines-based IS recruiter, Karen Aisha Hamidon, who was arrested in the Philippines in 2015, as well as Mumbai youths Areeb Majeed and Fahad Tanwar Shaikh prior to their travel to Syria in 2014.

The former accountant is also alleged to have been part of a network that helped eight youths from Tamil Nadu to join the IS and a separate investigation is being carried out by the NIA in this regard.

Damudi has been identified by Indian agencies as being linked to a faction of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) outfit suspected to have joined the IS. He is reported to have had close links on social media with the Armar brothers — Sultan and Shafi — from Bhatkal, linked first to the IM and later to the IS. Sultan Armar, alias Maulana Abdul Khader, was reported by IS websites to have died in Syria in 2014 while his brother Shafi Armar’s name has emerged in many IS recruitment cases in India. According to the NIA, Damudi was involved with Shafi Armar in running two pro-IS media websites. Following Damudi’s detention in Dubai in 2015, his father, Hussain, had said that Damudi only tweeted pro-IS messages and liked Facebook pages linked to the IS but was not involved in any illegalities.

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    Kamal Pasha
    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:59 am
    IS are in every state of India. They are protected by poor Indians for money. And Modi is busy in hugging foreign leaders. He enjoys it
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      Nitin Deolekar
      Jun 7, 2017 at 10:38 am
      ISIS Terrorist are also growing now in India, may be due to Dirty Nehru-Ambedkar Laws Like No Common Civil Code?? After Gifting Best Lands of Pak & Bangla to Muslims as per their demands; rest India Lands are mainly for Hindu & 0.7 Buddha. But Pseudo Secular hi-Nehru Allowed Muslims to stay here? That has created all such serious problems for Hindus even in India Today!! in 1947 Hindu Population in Pak was 27 & Bangladesh was 30 . Now not even 5 Hindu remained there. Better Change Dirty Laws Done by pseudo secular Nehru-Ambedkar like No Common civil code? Else till then cancel Hindu 1-wife Act Law done by Buddha Ambedkar. Revert Mr.Ambedkar Laws. Allow 2-shadi written Talak for Hindu. And force China 1-child Law to Muslim brothers for next 70 years. That shall help Muslims to prosper like China! Stop Education in Madrassah, teach muslims with Hindu in common. Teach Muslim Girls Tennis from Sania Mirza!! Gift Reservation for Muslim Women in BC Quota instead of Ambedkar caste.
      1. A
        Jun 7, 2017 at 10:16 am
        India should be very careful about HINDUTVA terrorists ................ if they can be LURED to Syrian war zone, they can be LURED anywhere ............... Indian Muslims have so far rejected IS, but Indian Hindus also put leash on their HINDUTVA dogs .............
        1. B
          Jun 7, 2017 at 9:55 am
          In most of the cases family is aware of unlawful activity of their children, however, family is deliberately keeping the information under wraps to save their children. Therefore, investigation agencies should target family of terrorist for non-cooperation and it will act as a deterrent to mindless violence of terrorism in future.
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            HarendraPal Singh
            Jun 7, 2017 at 9:42 am
            Kill this baaaastard
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              l s
              Jun 7, 2017 at 9:28 am
              Harun, very matured, wise and real true picture of the community being misled by their very own community members. Hope many wise people of this community realise how they are being misled, and their and their families lives ruined. Some wise and good members of this community should rise to the occasion and try to stop their younger generation from being misled in the name of religion or even get killed.
              1. H
                Jun 7, 2017 at 8:10 am
                I have had a consistent view that Muslims have been ignoring the danger of rising Orthodox thinking which will give rise to Radicalisation.That has come true.Those who are financially stable have ignored this while Majority of the community which has been languishing in poverty and deprivation has taken religion as the only way to solace.This Majority has lost out completely and are illtreated by those in their community and exploited as well.Among these loser a few have been led to believe that they must fight for rights of Muslims and by doing so they will find themselves in paradise with 72 virgins.Muslims are hypocrites and double speakers,that they dont accept that the Terrorist kill innocents in the name of religion and not personal enimity is denied by them.Muslims stand disgraced.Jai hind
                1. R
                  Jun 7, 2017 at 3:23 pm
                  Harun while I agree with you in saying rich & affluent muslims ignoring the downtrodden in the religion. At the same time we must take a look at the so called terrorist personal history. So far none - govt, media, court, police or religion did not bother to look at the route cause of a person turning into a terrorist. If an injustice is done to you, your family / friends, then as a law obeying citizen your first move will be approaching the police. You cannot get an FIR registered in most cases let along a communal riot. Second step in Court, you will be cuted and many recent judgments you can see bias. This shortcomings from the authority feed the terrorists minds and they attempt to act their own. For example in India you can see why the terrorists are mainly from Gujarat, U.P., Bhatkal. A proper justice system will address this issue. All muslim organisations are banned, but you see RSS, Bajrangdal, Senas given free license to make bomb, kill people how can one explain this?
                2. I
                  Jun 7, 2017 at 6:53 am
                  No outcry in media, no discussions about ramzaan bombathon, media is busy hiding their sins in CBI raids.
                  1. H
                    Jun 7, 2017 at 8:32 am
                    Why are u wasting time Foul mouthing Them(Muzzies),they have been left disgraced and shamed.This is time you show maturity and common sense.They have been consistently losing out and will become irrelevant in a civilised world.
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