Rajasthan: IOC official’s dark past began in college days

  • Rashpal Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 12, 2015 18:17 IST
Policemen escort alleged Islamic State sympathiser Mohammed Sirajuddin (centre) after being produced in a court in Jaipur on Friday. (Himanshu Vyas/HT photo)

The Indian oil marketing manager who was arrested from Jaipur’s posh locality on Wednesday for his alleged links with the Islamic State (IS) had been into such activities since his college days, Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) officials said on Friday.

Mohammed Sirajuddin, 30, was remanded in police custody till December 21 on Friday. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other central intelligence agencies have been informed by the squad who are likely to interrogate him shortly, ATS head and additional director general of police (ADGP) Alok Tripathi said.

During a search at his flat in Jawahar Nagar, the squad recovered printed copies of Islamic State’s online propaganda magazine Dabiq.

A senior ATS officer said Sirajuddin was radicalised when he was studying at NIT Surathkal in Karnataka. His Facebook account was blocked about six years ago for posting highly communal content. However, his background check has revealed that he had no criminal record. His stint with the IS started when he was transferred to Jaipur in April 2014, the officer said.

Tripathi said initially he acted as a sympathiser and supporter of the terror group which has been banned in India and many other countries. But, he gradually became a member of the group and established links with operatives of the Islamic State in other countries.

“From Jaipur he was contacting the youth of a minority community through various online platforms and instigating them to support and join the IS,” Tripathi said, adding that he especially targeting youth from southern part of the country.

Meanwhile, neighbours of Sirajuddin at Jahawar Nagar locality said he was a quiet person who would not mingle with people and largely remain confined to his flat after returning from the office.

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