Tuesday, July 4, 2017

8 Muslim youths from TN may have joined IS in 2016'

Jul 05 2017 : The Times of India (Chennai)
`8 from TN may have joined IS in 2016'

A special team of the Rajasthan police on Tuesday nabbed a 36-yearold suspected IS (Islamic State) supporter in Chennai. Haroon Rasheed of Sowcarpet, allegedly transferred funds to bank accounts of the terror outfit through an agent in Mumbai, police said.Rasheed was going to Burma Bazaar where he runs a mobile phone shop when he was picked up. A senior Rajasthan police officer said they had picked him up based on information provided by Mohammad Iqbal, 32, a Mylapore resident, who was arrested on February 23 and who allegedly transferred funds to IS through Mumbai-based Jameel Ahmed. Inquiries with Ahmed and Iqbal showed they were part of a gold smuggling racket that was busted on February 4. Inquiries with Ahmed and Iqbal showed they were part of a gold smuggling racket that was busted on February 4 when Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials seized 20 gold bars weighing 3.360kg and worth `1crore from four people travelling in an omnibus from Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh to Chennai.
The DRI arrested Iqbal (not the arrested Mylapore resident), Jameel (not linked to the IS transactions), Jahabuddin and Nizamuddin when the bus reached Arambakkam in Tiruvallur district based on specific information from the Intelligence Bureau (IB).
After arresting Rasheed, the Rajasthan police team obtained a transit warrant from a metropolitan magistrate court here and left for the nortwestern state. Soon after they landed Jaipur, a team led by Vikas Kumar, superintendent of police, anti-terror squad (ATS) interrogated Rasheed. Rajasthan ATS inspector general Biju George Joseph told TOI that Rasheed was being questioned to find out if he had sent money to arrested Mylapore resident Mohammed Iqbal popularly known as `Travel Haq'. “First of all it has to be established that he [Rasheed] is a hawala trader and secondly it would be seen that while transferring funds he and the arrested Iqbal had common intent,“ Joseph added.
“We are verifying certain facts,“ Kumar added. According to ATS sources the investigation of the case given some leads to the sleuths that led them to Haroon Rasheed. “He was acquainted with arrested Iqbal. We just have to find out if he had similar motive for funding the Islamic State,“ said a senior police officer.
The Special Investigation Division CID of the Tamil Nadu police is also probing the background of Rasheed and others. The police said they believed eight people from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana had joined the IS in 2016.

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