Three Hyderabad youth were today arrested at Nagpur airport, months after they were put under watch for following online ISIS propaganda. They were about to leave India to join the IS. The arrest was made by a joint force of Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) and the Telangana police.
The youths, identified as Umar Hassan Farooqui, Abdul Wasim and Zamir Farooqui are said to be cousins from Hyderabad. They had the plan to leave Hyderabad and board a flight to Srinagar.
According to sources, two out of the three were earlier held in Kolkata in 2014. Then they were plotting to cross over to Bangladesh and then top Iraq. They had admitted to the police that they got influenced by the IS propaganda through online. They are apparently engineering degree drop outs. Later on they were sent back to home after offering proper counseling.
However the police were keeping a watch on them since then. It is said that the boys aged between 20 and 25, were reported missing at their neighborhood police stations since Thursday. The youth had gone to the home of a SIMI activist in Nalgonda, before heading to Nagpur.
“We got information that the youth would be boarding the early morning flight,” an official said. “The youth, who came to Nagpur by cab, were handed over to the Telangana counter-intelligence cell”, sources said.
According to Indian security officials, there are around 20 Indians fighting for the ISIS. Also, around the same number of people from Telangana have been prevented from joining IS.