Indian woman 'IS recruiter' arrested in Hyderabad

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
  • Updated: Sep 13, 2015 21:42 IST
Afshan Jabeen, an Indian woman who was extradited from the UAE to India for allegedly recruiting for Islamic State. (HT Photo)

An Indian woman allegedly involved in recruiting people for the dreaded Islamic State terror outfit was on Friday deported by UAE and subsequently arrested in Hyderabad.

37-year-old Afsha Jabeen alias Nicky Joseph was arrested by police at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad after her arrival from Dubai.

Jabeen hails from Hyderabad but had been portraying herself as a British national while luring youth for IS through social media, officials said. She was deported along with husband and children.

The arrest followed that of one Salman Mohiuddin, who was picked up by the Cyberabad police in January just before he was leaving for Dubai to join her.

During interrogation, Mohiuddin had revealed that was in contact with Dubai-based British national 'Nicky Joseph' and that together both of them influenced several local young men into joining the IS.

Indian security agencies informed their British counterpart about the claims made by Mohiuddin but after investigations it was found that she was an Indian.

Jabeen was then tracked in Abu Dhabi and after initial questioning, she was deported to Hyderabad where police questioned her and registered a case.

"Today, on credible information, Afsha Jabeen is taken into custody at RGI Airport, when she arrived from Dubai. As she is a co-accused in Salman's case, she is arrested and produced in the court. Further inquiry is going on," Hyderabad police said in a press release.

Jabeen had gone to Abu Dhabi as a child and completed her schooling there. She came to India and graduated from Shadan college in Hyderabad and later married Devender Kumar alias Mustafa, according to the officials.

She and Mohiuddin allegedly used social media to attract youth from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Bihar and other states towards the the banned terror outfit.

In 2014, after the establishment of the caliphate in Iraq and Syria, both started taking interest in development activities of the Islamic State. They created various Facebook groups under pseudo names and started attracting people who were interested in IS, it is alleged.

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