Kullu police on Saturday arrested a man with suspected links to the Islamic State (IS). According to the police, the accused had taken shelter in a local church and was trying to reach Syria with the help of other IS supporters in the country and abroad. Superintendent of Police, Kullu, Padam Chand said that the 23-year-old accused, Abid Khan, had been living at different places in Kullu, including Mohal and Banjar, and had changed his name to Paul. He often used to attend prayers at the church pretending he was a Christian, police said.
The arrest came after a tip-off provided by NIA after some of Abid’s associates were arrested in Delhi and other places .
Abid, who comes from a town near Bengaluru in Karnataka, was regularly in touch with his Uganda-based girlfriend, the SP said.
“We have started interrogation and he has confessed to being connected to the IS. He was using Kullu as a safe spot to escape arrest and to stay in touch with associates,” said Chand.
The police have seized his laptop and mobile phone. A case under different IPC sections has been registered, police said.