Wanted to join IS, return to wage war against India: Hyderabad engineer Salman Mohiuddin

4 Indians have been arrested so far for having links with IS. Here’s what they have told officials.

Written by Sagnik Chowdhury | New Delhi | Updated: November 19, 2015 11:21 am
Salman Mohiuddin Salman Mohiuddin

Salman Mohiuddin

Age 32
From Hyderabad
Arrested on January 16, 2015, from Hyderabad airport

“I had no livelihood here (in Hyderabad), and used to spend hours together over Internet chatting with ‘Daula Newsroom’ group members. I felt that western forces are plundering Muslim property and Muslims are facing pitiable situation all over the world and the solution is to establish Islamic State, where Sharia law can be implemented,” electronics engineer Salman Mohiuddin told his interrogators after being arrested from Hyderabad’s international airport on January 16 this year.

The Cyberabad police has alleged that Mohiuddin, 32, the father of two, was about to fly to Dubai, from where he planned to reach Syria via Turkey to join the IS, when he was held, making him the third arrest in India for association with the terror outfit. This was months after he had to return to Hyderabad from the US over visa issues.

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In his interrogation report, accessed by The Indian Express, Mohiuddin claimed to have been attracted to the IS as he faced discrimination in the US and said he intended to “proceed to Syria to join the IS and later return to wage war against India”. His only “weakness” recorded by the interrogators was “smoking”.

The indoctrination: Meeting Nicky Joseph

The son of a retired chief engineer of the Andhra Pradesh Housing Board, Mohiuddin did his BTech from Anwar-ul-Uloom College of Engineering and Technology in Vikarabad. Married in 2007, a year before he graduated, he had two children, a daughter and a son, in quick succession.

In 2010, Mohiuddin left for the US to do a Masters in Science in transportation planning and management from Texas Southern University in Houston. For two years, till 2014, he worked as a desktop support engineer at oilfield service company Baker Hughes in Texas and at Merathon Petroleum in Findlay, Ohio.

“While I was in Texas (2011), I came in contact with a lady, Nicky Joseph (a British national), staying in Dubai through YouTube… I came to know that she converted to Islam from Christianity… I learnt that she married one doctor and intended to marry a Muslim. I proposed her to marry… she agreed,” Mohiuddin told interrogators. “I and Nicky Joseph alias Ayesha decided to join ISIS to fight in favour of ISIS through illegal border crossing of Turkey.”

Joseph, who has now been identified as Afsha Jabeen, an Indian-origin mother of three who was at the time based in Dubai, has denied having any plans of accompanying Mohiuddin to Syria.

Arrested in Hyderabad in September on deportation from the UAE, Jabeen, however, has admitted to interrogators that she pretended to be Nicky Joseph and told Mohiuddin that she was married to a Christian, and that her cardiologist husband harassed her. She told him she intended to divorce and marry a Muslim, but her husband was not agreeing to a divorce.

“This chatting I have done to play around with Salman,” she said in her interrogation report, whose copy is also with The Indian Express. According to her, Salman and she knew about each other’s marital status and their children, and that they were in regular touch “till 2010”.

The radicalisation: Hearing al-Baghdadi

“I am religious, and during June 2014, after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (the IS chief) declared Caliphate, I observed the posts released by Al Hayat — a media centre of ISIS — and was attracted towards ISIS as I was facing indiscrimination (sic) in USA. I learnt more about the Caliphate, ISIS and made research over ISIS by browsing Net,” Mohiuddin told interrogators.

In 2012, Mohiuddin had started his first pro-jihadi Facebook group, ‘Revalations and Hadith’. The second, ‘Daula Islamia’, followed in mid-August 2014.

Mohiuddin said that on Daula Islamia, he “used to post ISIS updates and other relevant information with intention to attract youth”. The page was later blocked by Facebook for its posts related to the IS.

In October 2014, Mohiuddin was forced to return to Hyderabad as his US visa was not extended.

The Syria plans: Time on hand

Back home, he found himself out of work, and engaged in hours of discussions on IS-related developments on the Net. In November 2014, he created two more pro-jihadi Facebook groups, ‘Moderators vs Liberals’ and ‘Daula Newsroom’. “I was active in posting of ISIS posts in Daula Newsroom and used to ask maximum number of people about their plan to join ISIS,” Mohiuddin told interrogators.

Jabeen as Joseph was an administrator in each of these groups, while Mohiuddin’s wife was an administrator in Revelations and Hadith. Mohiuddin said they discussed Quran and Hadeeth in this group.

Daula Newsroom also had a Dubai-based man from Kerala, an Afghan, two youths from Delhi and Bangalore, and a young woman from Mumbai as administrators. Jabeen was an administrator too, posing as Sana Ahmed of Delhi.

Moderators vs Liberals had 2,500 followers and Daula Newsroom 188 when Mohiuddin was arrested.

About his interactions with IS supporters, Mohiuddin said, “I observed negative propaganda by Western media towards ISIS that one of the IS militants married (a) 6 years old girl and (of) killing innocent people etc. In this regard, I started to chat with Abu Muhajeer of Syria/Egypt, Abu Al Barra of Iraq who is doing aid work for IS, Hasan Abdul Gani of Iraq, and Abu Muhammod of Iraq, adding them (to) my friends’ list.”

Mohiuddin said it was during chats with “Abu al Barra al Sami, an IS sympathiser based in Syria, and Abu Mohammad of Turkey, a facilitator with links to IS” that he started giving serious thought to entering Syria from Turkey to become a fighter with the IS.

He said Abu Mohammad gave him two Skype IDs — Abdulla_Jihadi and Abu Muhaajir — and said that if he visited Turkey, they would “receive” him. In turn, Mohiuddin told interrogators, he shared his Skype id, ‘Sa1mann’.

On January 16, 2015, Mohiuddin was arrested at Hyderabad international airport while on his way to Dubai, from where he allegedly planned to go to Syria.

Police were acting on a tip-off from US intelligence, that had been monitoring Mohiuddin’s online activities.

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First Published on: November 18, 2015 1:55 am
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    mo. israr
    Sep 12, 2016 at 2:11 pm
    i join to is
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      bonku
      Nov 18, 2015 at 6:48 am
      0.2%
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        bonku
        Nov 18, 2015 at 6:35 am
        Radicalization of Islam will not stop unless Quaran is revoked. It has at least 109 verses supporting torture, violence against anyone who question it or do not accept the supremacy of Islam. Quran is not fit for a civilized book, leave alone holy book. Most importantly, one have to accept Quran in totality to be an/or remain Muslim.
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          Ceci
          Nov 20, 2015 at 6:59 am
          Being Catholics being raped by a priest is just as likely as a Delhi woman being gang raped on a train as her friend stood bye and others watching this horrific murder.
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            Babu Sharma
            Nov 18, 2015 at 4:18 am
            KIND REQUEST TO ALL DEABLE BRAHMIN SCOUNDRELS: EXPLOIT THE NEWS, DEFACE, DESECRATE. LIVE HAPILLY FOR A SHORT WHILE.
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              hayatlives
              Nov 18, 2015 at 1:43 pm
              January news published in November...Blatant attempt to use Paris attacks to demonise Indian muslims !!!
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                hayatlives
                Nov 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm
                Not at all surprised to see Muslim haters commenting in India using the Paris attacks... they seem to have forgotten all the voilence the Hindus dole out regularly to minorities periodically here in India.. shame on all hypocrites
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                  hayatlives
                  Nov 18, 2015 at 1:45 pm
                  why is not helping the RSS/VHP/Bajrang dal who keep killing christians and muslims in India....obviously it is not making them any more peaceful and they are the ones who profess to do it regularly !!
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                    Ramnath_Mukerji
                    Nov 18, 2015 at 4:27 am
                    We all know how the CORRUPT INDIAN POLICE OPERATES. THEY CAN EITHER EXTRACT A STATEMENT FORM ANYBODY ARRESTED OR THOSE CRIMINALS IN KHAKI AND MUFTI CAN MAKE UP THEIR OWN STATEMENTS AND PUBLISH THEM AS THE STATEMENTS OF THOSE ARRESTED. UNLESS THE STATEMENT COMES THROUGH THEIR LAWERS IT SHOULD NOT BE BELIEVED. INDIAN AUTHORIZED SCOUNDRELS ARE EVIL GENIUSES IN SUCH CRIMINALITY. THEY HAVE AN ARMY OF MISCERABLY FAILED MALAYALAM SEKS MOVIE SCRIPT WRITERS TO M MANUFACTURE SUCH STORIES.
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                      Beahmin_Conspiracy
                      Nov 18, 2015 at 4:39 am
                      When there were no Christians in South Asian Peninsula, BRAHMIN AZZOLES DID THE SAME THING THAT THEY ARE DOING NOW. ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THEY DID IT AGAINST LOWER CASTES USING THEIR FILTHY FILTHY FILTHY "KING WHISPERING", SOME TIMES SENDING THEIR WOMEN FOLKS TO KINGS. ______When there were no MUSLIMS in South Asian Peninsula, BRAHMIN AZZOLES DID THE SAME THING THAT THEY ARE DOING NOW. ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THEY DID IT AGAINST LOWER CASTES AND CHRISTIANS USING THEIR FILTHY FILTHY FILTHY "KING WHISPERING", MANY TIMES SENDING THEIR WOMEN FOLKS TO KINGS. _______When there were no OTHER ISSUES TO SUBSTANTIATE THEIR DIMINATION in South Asian Peninsula, BRAHMIN AZZOLES ARE DOING THE SAME THING THAT THEY WERE DOING ALL THEIR LIFE. ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THEY DID IT AGAINST LOWER CASTES AND CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMSUSING THEIR FILTHY FILTHY FILTHY "KING WHISPERING", ALL THE TIMES SENDING THEIR WOMEN FOLKS TO KINGS.
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                        Barthi Singh
                        Nov 18, 2015 at 5:43 am
                        Excellent, meticulous, well thought out, framed story to FOOL 1.3 billion INDIOTS who have been digesting such stories for over 68 years. MALAYALEES AND BRAHMINS, if they join together, their criminal genius goes logarthamic.
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                          Harry Achari
                          Nov 18, 2015 at 10:45 pm
                          Where are our "secularists"? I don't hear or read from them. Where are the Chinese boys ( (CPM, CPI, RSP). Where are the congress leaders? Are they all dead of mouth cancer? Hopefully, yes. People will have peacefull lives soon
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                            Kathir an
                            Nov 19, 2015 at 12:30 am
                            If Have another birth after my death,I wish to. Born again as a humble catholic child .but never never hindu or muslim. With Allah the wjle world Is suffering.
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                              Partha Gopalan
                              Nov 18, 2015 at 8:04 am
                              Problem with Indian law enforcement is even if they arrest few blokes, the media and its petty pets "Writers" will all go up in the arms shouting intolerance. How the heck are we supposed to handle this? The person in Hyderbad didnt say he faced discrmination in India which caused him to join ISIS. Still he wanted the caliphate to take over India. Where is the discrmination and Intolerance here? Real minorities in India are the pro-bhartiya crowd whose numbers are dwindling every day. Thanks for corrupt media
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                                Partha Gopalan
                                Nov 18, 2015 at 11:13 pm
                                There are more pre-harappan sites found in Kalibangan and in Lothal. All along the river beds of vanished Saraswati river(Haryana to Gujarat). There were also Harappan period monolithics found near Tirunalveli in Tamil Nadu. Sumerian(modern day Iraq) had very close linkages. So it appears like a one-huge land m where people had lot of common cultural connection but different tribal underpinnings. We have only touched the tip of the ice berg so far.
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                                  Roshan
                                  Nov 18, 2015 at 10:09 am
                                  Waging war against mother land. Spend rest of your life behind bars. Don't blindly follow religious people who teaches hate with half knowledge. For example doctor who practices with half knowledge is very dangerous and kills people with wrong treatment. If some one wants to fight, fight against corruption, red tapism, nepotism.
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                                    US NRI
                                    Nov 18, 2015 at 7:48 am
                                    Discrimination in USA. Even non Hindus have to go thru this at "om selection" at the airports. Thanks to 09/11 and response after it from Muslims all over the world.
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                                      PL Sharma
                                      Nov 18, 2015 at 4:30 am
                                      @Islamforfools: Tour IP address is now in IB address. Save yourselves. Hide 3 ft under earth or hide behind bars.
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                                        William
                                        Nov 18, 2015 at 7:08 pm
                                        Follow Jesus for world peace.Do not believe in arms to do violence.
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                                          Ajay
                                          Nov 18, 2015 at 11:10 am
                                          Jinaah is such a stupid if v receive him on d basis of his knowledge.
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                                            syomynona
                                            Nov 18, 2015 at 8:21 am
                                            Hmm. So Sweden supports your stupid idea but not France ? And again with the Mossad. Don't you Abrahamic genocide propagators have anything better to do other than delving in Anti-Dharmic & Anti-Semitic fantasies ?
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