Kuwait arrests man accused of helping Indian IS recruit Areeb Majeed

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2016 17:08 IST
Areeb Majeed got injured while fighting for the IS and came back to India via Turkey. (AP File Photo)

Law enforcement authorities in Kuwait have arrested a person on the charges of providing financial help to Kalyan man Areeb Majeed and his associates to go to Syria to join the Islamic State (IS).

Majeed travelled with Shaheem Tanki, Fahad Sheikh and Aman Tandel, all from Maharashtra’s Kalyan town, to Iraq in May 2014 on the pretext of a pilgrimage but disappeared midway to join the IS. After spending six months in the IS and taking part in active combat there, Majeed came back to India in November.

Majeed got injured while fighting for the IS and came back to India via Turkey. He was arrested and charge sheeted by the NIA. It emerged later that one of his associates, Tanki, was killed in a combat in Syria.

According to a National Investigation Agency (NIA) spokesperson, the central anti-terror probe agency had sent a Mutual Legal Assistance Request to Kuwait in respect of transfer money by a Kuwaiti national to Majeed and his associates while they were living in Iraq in May 2014.

“The Kuwaiti authorities have now informed that one Abdullah Hadi Abdul Rahman al-Enezi sent $1,000 to Areeb Majeed through Western Union Money Transfer,” the NIA spokesperson said.

Al-Enezi has admitted to Kuwaiti authorities that he started financing terrorist outfits after his return from Pakistan in 2013. The Kuwaiti authorities have registered a case against him and arrested him on these charges.

Majeed is currently in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail serving a sentence of waging war against friendly countries.

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