Hyderabad police detain three Islamic State suspects for questioning
The Hyderabad police on Wednesday detained three men suspected of having links with the Islamic State (IS).
The three suspects – Mohammad Abdullah Wasim Basith, Abdul Hannan Qureshi, Salman Mohiuddin – were brought to the Hyderabad Central Crime Station (CCS) for questioning following intelligence inputs that they had connections with the IS.
Hyderabad CCS deputy commissioner of police Avinash Mohanty told HT that they were picked up for questioning and no formal arrests have been made so far. “We are questioning them at present. That is all,” he said.
He said one of them was arrested in the past too on the suspicion of joining the IS, but was let off after counselling. “The other two had past criminal record and were involved in some cases. They are also being questioned now,” Mohanty said.
One of them Mohammad Abdullah Wasim Basith (24), along with two others Syed Omar Farooq Hussaini (23) and Mohammad Farooqui (24) were caught by the Telangana police and the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad at Nagpur airport on December 27, 2015, when they were about to board a flight to Srinagar and from there they were planning to go to Syria to join the IS.
The police had acted on a missing complaint lodged by their parents who got suspicious after their phones were switched off.
All the three were let off later following a lot of counselling by the police. “However, we kept them under surveillance so that they would not fall prey to the terror elements again,” a source in the Hyderabad police said.
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