A day after three Hyderabad students who were allegedly on their way to join the terrorist group Islamic state (IS) in Afghanistan were caught by Telangana police and Maharashtra Anti-terrorist squad (ATS) at the Nagpur airport, more details are emerging.
All three students who were arrested were in their twenties and their plan was to get on to the Indigo flight flying to Srinagar from Nagpur. They reached Nagpur on Friday by road.
According to a report in the Times of India, Abdul Basith, Syed Omar Farooq Hussain and Majid Hasan, were allegedly influenced by the extremist ideology and planned to join terror group after taking a flight to Srinagar, and crossing over from the LoC into Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). The trio first wanted to meet Hurriyat leaders in J&K and explore the possibility of waging `jihad' in Kashmir.
The report also adds that it is learnt that the three of them, were related to Syed Salahuddin, a former president of the banned Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and two of them, Basith and Majid Hasan were already detained once last year, near the Indo-Bangla border in West Bengal, when they had made a similar plan to cross over to Bangladesh and then to Pakistan or Afghanistan.
While Basith was doing his B. Tech, Majid was a final year engineering student and Omar Was a BSc (microbiology) student.
A report in The Indian Express adds that last year, Basith received funds for travel to join the IS from a Dubai-based, Indian-origin, alleged online recruiter for the IS. The “recruiter” was subsequently identified as Adnan Damudi from Bhatkal in Karnataka, who is currently under detention in Dubai.
"It is a fact that the three youths were detained at Nagpur airport. They have not committed any crime yet. They are being questioned to find out their motives," Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy told the newspaper.