A Kashmiri man looking to join the so-called Islamic State has been deported from Turkey’s Ankara to India, news agency PTI reported on Monday. Srinagar resident Afshan Parvaiz was deported from the Turkish capital of Ankara on May 25 and whisked away to an undisclosed destination by security agencies in Delhi, the sources said. He was being assessed by various security agencies, they said.
Parvaiz had left home after an argument with his father, who wanted him to join a college while the son was interested in religious studies, the sources said. They said he booked himself a seat on a flight to Teheran on March 23. He was scheduled to return to Delhi on April 9 after exploring avenues for religious studies in Europe, they said.
The Kashmiri man, who is the second person to be deported from Turkey in the last two months, apparently sent a message to his family to tell them that he was facing some “problems”, the sources said. When the police and other agencies in Kashmir were informed about this, a probe was launched to locate him, they said.
According to the sources, the security agencies then got in touch with their Iranian counterparts, who found out that Parvaiz was travelling to Ankara. The authorities in Ankara were contacted and he was picked up while he was travelling in a bus in the Turkish capital, they said. He was sent to India on May 25 by a Turkish Airlines flight, the sources said.
In 2016, 21 people left Kerala to join the Islamic State. One of them was even killed in the recent US bombings in Afghanistan. He was later identified as Bestin Vincent alias Yahiya, who left India with his wife last may.
In a joint operation with police from other states, the Uttar Pradesh Anti Terror Squad recently busted an Islamic State module based in Lucknow and Kanpur. The ATS were tipped off by the Telangana State Police over the presence of suspected terrorists in Uttar Pradesh. Several members purportedly belonging to the module were taken into custody. One of them was neutralised by the security personnel in an encounter.
(With inputs from PTI)