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NIA arrests suspected techie over connections with ISIS in B’luru

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Bengaluru: The National Investigative Agency (NIA) sleuths have arrested a 32-year-old techie for his alleged connections with ISIS.

Zohaib Manna has been identified as the suspected terrorist and was arrested on Wednesday November 17.

According to NIA sources, the sleuths were in search of the accused since 2020. The accused has been in touch with terrorist organisations such as the ISIS and the ISIL. He is facing the allegation of recruiting youths for ISIS to fight in Syria.

Zohaib Manna was allegedly involved in brainwashing gullible youths and recruited them to terrorist organisations, especially to the ISIS. He had created a group called ‘Quoran Circle’ and provoked youth to pick up arms.

The accused showed violent photos and videos of Syria to innocent youth to poison their minds. He sent several youths to Syria through Turkey from India.

The NIA authorities and police has declined to share more on the accused.

However, it has been informed that he was part of a social media group which was recruiting youths to fight in Syria.

His name was cropped up at the time of interrogation of another accused by NIA authorities.

The NIA had arrested rice merchant Irfan Nasir in Bengaluru, Ahammad Abdul Khader, a bank employee from Tamil Nadu, and a doctor Mohammad Toukeer Mehboob on charges of raising funds for ISIS in India.

All accused persons belong to this terror group and have been on the NIA radar since then. Investigations showed that the accused were funded to carry out anti-national activities in India.

The accused were in touch with Syrian ISIS terrorists, lured youth, students and professionals from Bengaluru towards terrorism in the pretext of religious discourses. The accused have sent as many as seven batches of youth from India to Syria.

The accused camped in the outskirts of the city and acted as per the instructions from Saudi Arabia. The group planned of creating a strong ISIS terrorist organisation in India, NIA probe has revealed.

Inputs from IANS

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