A day after the arrest of Mohammad Sirajuddin, a marketing manager of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) in Jaipur, on charges of “working for the Islamic State (IS)”, sources said he had unsuccessfully attempted to indoctrinate a young woman from Hyderabad. Sources said it was during her counselling sessions that she led the intelligence agencies to Sirajuddin. She is currently under watch of central agencies.
According to sources, Sirajuddin also “almost convinced” two youths from Western Maharashtra to travel to Iraq and Syria to join the IS. The two youths are now undergoing counselling as a deradicalisation measure, and are also under watch of intelligence agencies, sources said.
“A woman in her 20s in Hyderabad had been under watch for some time for engaging with IS supporters. The Telangana police intervened and spoke to her. It was found that she was not deeply indoctrinated yet, and was weaned away through counselling. Sirajuddin is one of those who had been in contact with her and was, therefore, kept under watch,” said a source.
“While monitoring his online activities, it was found that Sirajuddin was not only spreading IS propaganda through closed groups on social media platforms like WhatsApp, Telegram and Facebook, but was actively engaged in attempting to recruit youth in India and abroad for the outfit and coax them into going to Syria and Iraq. He did not, however, manage to send anybody from India. There were around 15 to 20 persons on his radar in India and abroad,” added the source.
Hailing from M B Nagar in Gulbarga, Karnataka, Sirajuddin, 30, was arrested by the Rajasthan ATS on Thursday under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Posted as marketing manager (sales) at the IOC office, he was living in Jaipur since April 2014 with his wife and child.
According to the ATS, he was using Internet groups and forums to instigate Muslim youth to join the IS. The ATS said it had “solid information” on his activities which were “confirmed” following an interrogation and data analysis of his online activity.
The police have seized his laptop and several issues of Dabiq, the IS propaganda journal, from his Jawahar Enclave residence in Jaipur. For the last three months, he had been living alone, the police said.