A suspected terrorist who slipped out before police stormed a house in south Delhi’s Batla House in 2008 could be one of the five fugitives featured in an ISIS video, a TV station said in a report on Monday.
Mohammed Sajid alias Bada Sajid is one of the persons featured in the 22 minute video, Times Now said in a report citing intelligence sources. The report claims that Sajid who belonged to the Azamgarh module had escaped to Nepal enroute to Dubai.
Indian intelligence agencies were under the belief that Sajid had died in an US raid ten months ago, the report said. This has led to the suspicion that the video could be ten months, or even more an year old.
The report also claims that the identities of four Indian jihadists featured in the video have been established.
While two of them are presented as belonging to the Azamgarh module, the other two are said to be belonging to the Kalyan module, the report claimed.
The Times Now report identifies others as Abu Rashid, alias Danda of Sanjarpur village in Azamgarh village in Uttar Pradesh.
The third jihadist is Rehman, said to be hailing from Hyderabad and believed to have gone underground while in the US. Speaking in accented English, he exhorts engineers and doctors to migrate to Syria.
Fahad Tanvir Sheikh from Maharashtra’s Thane, who now uses the name Abu Amr’ al-Hindi was the first to be identified among those who featured in the video. The engineering student along with three others had left for Syria in 2014 to join the ISIS.
“We will return, but with a sword in hand, to avenge the Babri Masjid, and the killings of Muslims in Kashmir, in Gujarat, and in Muzaffarnagar,” Sheikh is seen as saying in Friday’s video.
“After the Batla House encounter, things became very hard for us. The ATS, police and investigative agencies were after us. We somehow fled India, worked with the Mujahideen and reached Khorasan region,” Sheikh said.
Jihadist groups, often suspected of having links with global terror groups have in the past threatened to mount attacks in the country to avenge the Batla House encounter by a special sleuths of the Delhi Police.
Indian intelligence agencies are now contacting the families of the jihadists in a bid to conclusively establish their identities.