NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said it has arrested two accused, Ahamed Abdul Cader (40) and Irfan Nasir (33), in connection with the Bengaluru-based ISIS module case. Cader is a business analyst in a bank in Chennai while Nasir is a rice merchant in Bengaluru, it said.
The two, along with their associates, were members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir and had formed a group called ‘Quran Circle’ which radicalized gullible Muslim youth in Bengaluru and funded their visit to the conflict zone in Syria to aid and assist the ISIS terrorists, alleged the NIA.
The case was registered suo motu by the NIA after certain incriminating facts emerged about a Bengaluru-based ISIS module during the probe into the arrest of one Dr. Abdur Rahman alias Dr. Brave from Bengaluru. Rahman disclosed the names of his associates who had traveled to Syria in 2013-2014 to join the ISIS, said the agency.
Accused Cader and Nasir played a very significant role in the radicalization of the members of the group and arranged funds through donations and own sources for the visit of accused Abdur Rahman and other Muslim youth of Bengaluru to Syria to join the ISIS, according to the NIA. Two of the youth got killed in Syria.
Searches were conducted at the premises of Cader and Nasir in Gurupana Palaya and Frazer Town in Bengaluru. The two have been remanded to 10 days of police custody.