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IS ‘recruit’ files for bail again: Govt arranged return, arrest a betrayal, claims Areeb Majeed

Kalyan resident says UAPA wrongly invoked against him as IS was declared a terror organisation under the Act only in December ’15, a year after his arrest

Written by Sadaf Modak | Mumbai |
Updated: August 25, 2016 2:11:39 am
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AREEB MAJEED, the 23-year-old Kalyan resident who had joined terror outfit Islamic State, has claimed in his second bail application that his return to India from Turkey was arranged by high-ranking officials in coordination with the National Investigation Agency (NIA), and that his arrest upon return was a “betrayal” by the security agencies.

The NIA chargesheet against Majeed claims that he had sneaked into India and was arrested at the Mumbai airport.

“The allegations of the applicant (Majeed) sneaking into India to carry on jihadi activities is false. His return to India from Turkey was arranged and facilitated by high-ranking diplomatic and central government officials in coordination with officials of the NIA,” the bail plea states.

Majeed has said that the Indian Consulate in Turkey along with the Union government were behind his return to India, with officials arranging his travel documents, flight ticket and also his hotel stay in Turkey. The bail plea says he voluntarily returned and would not have done so if he wanted to flee justice.

Despite this, says the plea, he was “betrayed” as he was arrested upon his return.

Majeed, a civil engineering student, had travelled to Baghdad in May 2014 along with three others — Amaan Tandel, Fahad Sheikh and Saheem Tanki. He has told the interrogators that they were trained in the use of weapons.

Majeed’s bail plea says officials coordinated with his father for his return. A plea filed by his father seeking to add his own call data records to show contact with officials and the CCTV footage from Mumbai airport is pending.

Majeed claims he was arrested on November 28, 2014, from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport when he landed from Turkey, and that he had been illegally detained for more than 24 hours before being produced before a magistrate.

He claims he was threatened that false cases would be registered against his family members, and that he was “handcuffed and blindfolded” and “subjected to third degree” in police custody.

Majeed has said he did not follow IS social media accounts, and that his own accounts were being accessed between June and November from locations across the world even after his arrest.

He has been charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Section 125 of the Indian Penal Code. The bail plea also says that while the FIR was registered against Majeed on November 28, 2014, the IS was declared a terrorist organisation under the UAPA only in December 2015, making the invocation of the particular Act against him wrong.

This is Majeed’s second bail application. The first was rejected by a special court, and so was an appeal in the Bombay HC. The application will come up for hearing in the special court on Wednesday.

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