A Mumbai Court on Monday extended custody of ISIS recruit from Kalyan Areeb Majeed to NIA till December 22. Areeb was booked and arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) on charges of conspiring to commit a terrorist act and for being a member of a banned foreign terror outfit, and under the stringent Section 125 of the IPC for “waging war against the nation”.
Earlier, the family members of Majeed had approached the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e Hind to seek legal help for him. The Jamiat is an NGO that provides legal aid to the Muslim community. “Ejaz Majeed wanted our legal cell to give aid to him (Areeb),”said Gulzar Ahmed Azmi, secretary of the legal cell of the Jamiat.
Lawyer Wahab Khan is representing Majeed who returned home after fighting alongside ISIS in Iraq. Khan is also representing five of the 13 accused in the serial train blasts in Mumbai on July 11, 2006. The blast had claimed 188 lives and left over 800 injured.
Areeb was arrested by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) after he returned from Turkey. Areeb was one of the four youths from Kalyan who went missing from their homes in May.