Mumbai journalist who wanted to join ISIS arrested in Delhi

Police said Khan was in depression since he lost his job as an administrative officer in a Mumbai college around 7 years ago.

Written by Sarah Hafeez , Rohit Alok , Mohamed Thaver | New Delhi | Updated: August 8, 2015 7:35 am
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A Navi Mumbai man was detained by Delhi Police Thursday after he visited the Iraq embassy in the Capital and expressed his wish to travel to Iraq to join the Islamic State (IS).

The Indian Express had reported Friday that Zuber Ahmed Khan, who claimed that he was editor-in-chief of a newspaper, Journalist for International Peace, had put up social media posts, saying he planned to join IS. He had said he would visit the embassy to “submit my memorandum to Caliphate Bagdadi” with the “desire to join the IS as a spokesperson for foreign affairs or a government journalist”.
In one post, he had called Yakub Memon a martyr.

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Police said the Embassy officials found the 40-year-old incoherent and made a PCR call. Khan did not have a Visa and could not have gone to Iraq anyway. A police team reached the embassy and apprehended him, after which he was questioned by Delhi Police Special Cell and intelligence agencies. “We will not be arresting Khan because there appears to be no case against him. We have detained him and are coordinating with Maharashtra police on his credentials. Once we match the details we get from them with what Khan has revealed, we will let him off,” an officer in the Special Cell said.

Police said Khan was in depression since he lost his job as an administrative officer in a Mumbai college around 7 years ago. He lives with his wife, a schoolteacher, and two children.

“He told us why he lost his job. We cannot reveal it till we verify the information with Maharashtra police. He claimed to be a journalist with a media house we could not recognise. While browsing the internet, he was influenced by IS exploits,” he said.

Khan’s former colleagues at the college said he seemed neither overtly religious nor holding extreme views during his time there. “A few years after he quit, I heard he’d become very religious,” a college staff said. He added that about three years back, policemen in plainclothes made discreet enquiries at the college about Khan. The principal and members of the trust, which runs the college, did not confirm this.

At a hospital in Mumbra where Khan worked for sometime as a Public Relations Officer, an employee said, “He would interfere with everyone’s work. During his six-month tenure, we fought four times. I had complained against him,” said an employee.

 

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    Ruth Mesa
    Aug 8, 2015 at 4:55 am
    He may have been depressed once but long term depression leads to Mental health problem. He was said to be depressed. He should have known that Iraqi emby does not represent Dayesh(ISIS) who are cut throat Sunni murderous Thugs who kill more Shias and Sunnis then Christians.
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      Anonymous
      Aug 7, 2015 at 1:54 pm
      ISIS is just hiding under the cloak of religion.
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        Arvind Shah
        Aug 7, 2015 at 1:42 pm
        Well educated anti national.
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          Ganesh Natrajan
          Aug 7, 2015 at 2:40 pm
          He should be allowed to surrender his Indian pport and leave on the condition that he will never be allowed back in India again. Let all the traitors get lost.
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            Gilma
            Aug 7, 2015 at 2:48 pm
            There are many like him, Javed Naqvi is one of them.
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              Guru
              Aug 7, 2015 at 12:34 pm
              Samajwadi Party is sending a membership card to this journalist, by courier. I am sure he has a bright political future.
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                harun
                Aug 7, 2015 at 11:24 am
                Yet another Joker who has brought scorn on his very own whom he promises to fight for
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                  iftiindian
                  Aug 7, 2015 at 11:51 am
                  He must be a fool rather lunatic. Religion doesn't teach to fight against humanity. Crux of the religion is to establish rule of justice and doesn't permit anyone to kill people in the name of religion. If one is really want to fight,must fight against injustice at ones own surrounding. Isis is an inhuman and terrorist organization so one should not. Even sympathies with them.
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