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 Mohamed Thaver , Rohit Alok , Sarah Hafeez | 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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First Published on: August 8, 2015 12:00 am
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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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                    ila
                    Aug 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm
                    banish this nut from India.
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                      Jax Blaze
                      Aug 7, 2015 at 4:58 pm
                      He wanted his 15 minutes of fame. And he got it. Otherwise who will announce to the world prior to joining a terrorist groups. I think Indians should send him to ISIS :) and since he is a married man, send his wife and kids with him. Let them live together and claim the paradise together.
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                        hari
                        Aug 7, 2015 at 5:57 pm
                        what is happening to these guys,are they blind to the realities? I was happened to listen some guys conversation related to Arab -Israeli conflict,they were talking about revenge against Israel,I intervened asked where is Israel?,they were unable to answer the location of israel.they even don't know the location of Israel but they were talking about revenge,they were blindfolded by the wrong interpretation of Islam,they are educated but brain washed by fundamentalist views,Indian Muslims must rise against these type of forces
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                          Khalid
                          Aug 7, 2015 at 11:07 am
                          Can't believe really that a person of journalist stature declares his plans on social media and then get caught. What a foolish person he may be.
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                            Sunitha
                            Aug 7, 2015 at 9:23 pm
                            Everyone has the right to surrender his/her pport. Let him do that, and leave the country. Only thing we need to make sure is that he's gone for good, and can't re-enter, no matter how much his relatives or the likes of Azams and Owaisis beg, entreat, or agitate on his behalf.... Mrs S. Kumar, USA
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                              Rahul
                              Aug 7, 2015 at 9:54 pm
                              Please let him go...He should be allowed back in the country. He wants to join Politics i guess...Jana hi tha toh why this nautanki..forming everybody....The Police should charge him for all the expenditure for running of government machinery send him a bill of RS 2 lacs next time no one will dare to go from Mumbai to Ahmedabad
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                                Shrikant
                                Aug 7, 2015 at 2:24 pm
                                Muslims should not allow their child to be used by terror groups for their benefits just in name of allah or religion. They are your loving children not the chicken whom people raise for eating. Also the people who are involved in this human trafficking of using others children for bombing should use their owns.
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                                  Indian Idiot
                                  Aug 7, 2015 at 2:17 pm
                                  Don't touch him, Communists, Congressies and Human Rights people are watching every government move
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                                    Sri
                                    Aug 7, 2015 at 10:45 am
                                    Finish him
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                                      Tats
                                      Aug 8, 2015 at 12:47 am
                                      What an .. Being a Journalist, he could not see through all the b.s. ISIS is spreading?
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                                        AMIT
                                        Aug 7, 2015 at 1:08 pm
                                        Seems like a publicity stunt by a fool to me. Media too has nothing better to do.
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                                          Vijay
                                          Aug 8, 2015 at 3:18 am
                                          This person is sadly confused and misguided. He says he is going to fight for the rights of Muslims. The problem with putting all Muslims under one umbrella is problematic. Muslims have as many faces and shades of opinions as any other non-Muslim peoples. There is no one monolithic group of Muslims anyone can represent. It is an illusion. I can give hundreds of examples where Muslims kill other Muslims. When our young people go and fight with Arabs, do they have any idea how Arabs as a group (and particularly Gulf Arabs) treat poor Muslims from other countries, especially from the sub-continent? They are not treated as equals in any way or form. Wake up guys to reality. Connect with good human beings around this world. NO one group of people has all good or bad.
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                                            Indian
                                            Aug 7, 2015 at 2:43 pm
                                            Any INDIAN wanting to join IS-IS should be allowed to go- keeping violent types in India is a threat to TAX PAYING, PEACE LOVING INDIANS...................... Give them one way Air Fare too but don't allow them to re-enter India.
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