In a combined intelligence operation by the Rajasthan Anti Terrorism Squad and the Special Operation Group, an Indian Oil Corporation executive has been arrested for his alleged contacts with the IS. Mohammed Sirajuddin, the executive and a native of Karnataka has been accused also of using network websites in attempts to make recruitments for the terrorist group.
According to Alok Tripathi, additional DGP (ATS and SOG), even before arresting Mr. Sirajuddin from Jaipur, his social media accounts were put under surveillance. “It was found that the accused was actively involved in IS-related activities through social media including WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram and others. He propagated the cause of IS and urged the Indian youth to join the group. He also has links with some people associated with the IS within and outside India”, he said.
The ATS team has also seized printed issues of the Islamic State’s online propaganda magazine, Dabiq, from the accused. Many videos and links to the IS has also been traced by the police. Sirajuddin is now also booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
Earlier Intelligence agencies have said that so far at least 19 Indians have joined the deadly militant organization, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Around 50 people who are following ISIS propaganda on social networking sites are under watch of the agencies. A recently released government note says, “Though ISIS/ISIL (other acronyms used for the IS) has not been able to establish any significant presence in India, its success in radicalizing some youth, attracting certain section of the local population/Indian Diaspora… or the possibility of piggybacking on terrorist groups operating in India have opened up the possibility of ISIS sponsored action on Indian territory.”
Sirajuddin will be produced in a court on Friday and the police will seek his remand for interrogation.