NIA arrests Kerala man who fought for Islamic State in Iraq

The investigation agency revealed about the activities of Subahani Haja Moideen, 31, in the remand report filed at the NIA court.

By: IANS | Kochi | Updated: October 6, 2016 6:10 pm
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A Kerala man who was arrested on Wednesday for joining and supporting the activities of the IS, had undergone arms training and fought for the terrorist organisation in Iraq, said the National Investigation Agency on Thursday.

The investigation agency revealed about the activities of Subahani Haja Moideen, 31, in the remand report filed at the NIA court here.

In a statement, the NIA said Subahani, who was residing in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, originally hails from Thodupuzha in Kerala’s Idukki district.

“He revealed that he had gone to Iraq on April 6, 2015, to join IS and fight for the organisation. He told his parents and wife that he was going to perform ‘Umrah’. He left India for Istanbul from Chennai on a visit visa. After reaching Istanbul, he crossed over along with others, including people from Pakistan and Afghanistan, to IS-held territory in Iraq,” the NIA said in the statement.

“He was taken to Mosul in Iraq, where he underwent detailed course in Sharia followed by combat training. On completion of combat training, including training in the automated weapons, he was sent to the war zone in Mosul for security duties in IS-held territory, which he performed for almost two weeks. He was being paid $100 per month as subsistence allowance by the IS,” the statement added.

Subahani also revealed to the NIA that he could not withstand the violence and war misery in Mosul and decided to leave the organisation, especially after two of his friends were charred before him in a shell attack.

“On conveying his decision to quit the organisation, he was imprisoned by the IS at Mosul and was subjected to extreme torture. He, along with other foreign fighters, was produced before an IS judge, following which he was again incarcerated at Raqqa in Syria. Later, for reasons yet to be ascertained, he was allowed to leave IS-controlled territory and return to Turkey along with five other foreign nationals,” said the statement.

Following this, he stayed illegally in Istanbul for about two weeks, before he approached the Indian Consulate for returning to India.

“He contacted his family and conveyed his decision to return to India, following which they sent him money for flight tickets. After Turkish police issued a clearance certificate, he was issued an emergency certificate by Indian Consulate, by which he returned to India through Mumbai on September 22 in 2015. He returned to Tirunelveli and got a job as a salesman in a gold jewellery shop,” added the statement.

After he settled down, he again got in touch with IS handlers over internet and was planning to collect explosives and precursor chemicals from Sivakasi.

Incidentally, his arrest came after the NIA arrested six men on Sunday while they were holding a meeting in Kannur in Kerala.

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    DD
    Oct 6, 2016 at 5:45 pm
    stan will be divided into 4 pieces.lt;br/gt;insha allah.lt;br/gt;....�lt;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai hai..lt;br/gt;Ameen..lt;br/gt;,,,
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      mas
      Oct 6, 2016 at 4:02 pm
      Very suious about his statement. He just left IS after his friends were charred to death and IS judge allowed him to leave to Turkey? Something is not matching there.
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        T
        Oct 6, 2016 at 8:19 pm
        When he returned from Turkey, why was he not arrested immediately? He was sent by IS to foment trouble in India; he did not return because he was fed up with the violence and horror. The IS didn't let him go because of their kindness. Indian authorities mishandled this case.
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          heena
          Oct 6, 2016 at 5:07 pm
          Either send him back to Iraq or kill straight, do not give chance for living, let him join his allah.
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            Avinash
            Oct 6, 2016 at 3:41 pm
            Did the Indian Counte not investigate when issuing him a emergency certificate. how dumb?
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              Vedic_Citizen
              Oct 6, 2016 at 3:29 pm
              Somalia of East. ISIS type jihad was first carried out in Malappuram in 192I(Malabar rebellion)
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                Vasudevan Venugopal
                Oct 6, 2016 at 4:21 pm
                "Later, for reasons yet to be ascertained, he was allowed to leave IS-controlled territory and return to Turkey along with five other foreign nationals,”!! No need to ascertain the reasons! "After he settled down, he again got in touch with IS handlers over internet and was planning to collect explosives and precursor chemicals from Sivakasi"! Subahani has now shown us the reasons. A faithful and hardened Jihadi returns to India after being cleared by our Mission abroad!! No wonder we experienced so many terror strikes in the past.
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