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NIA team scans cyber cafes in Thane for ISIS leads

Areeb has been charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act as well as the Indian Penal Code and remanded to the NIA’s custody till December 8.

By: Santoshee Gulabkali Mishra

After alleged ISIS recruit Areeb Majeed claimed to have been radicalised online, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has sent a a team to scour cyber cafes in Thane where he is believed to have viewed videos as well as interacted with members of the extremist militia. The team, assisted by the Thane police, is currently visiting cyber cafes and trying to access computers that Areeb may have used.

Areeb, along with his friends Saheem Tanki, Aman Tandel and Fahad Sheikh, all from the Dudhnaka-Govindwadi belt in Kalyan, went missing in May this year and were later reported to have joined the ISIS. Areeb, who was earlier believed to be dead, was brought back to India last week and was arrested by the NIA.

“We are currently assisting the NIA team from Delhi, which is visiting cyber cafes across the Thane district. and accessing their computers,” said a Thane police officer. Areeb has been charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act as well as the Indian Penal Code and remanded to the NIA’s custody till December 8.