Suspected Islamic State ‘fundraiser’ arrested by Rajasthan ATS
The Rajasthan Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Wednesday arrested a 42-year-old Islamic State suspect from Fatehpur in Sikar district. The man allegedly worked as a fundraiser for the IS.jaipur Updated: Nov 16, 2016 22:27 IST
The Rajasthan Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Wednesday arrested a 42-year-old Islamic State suspect from Fatehpur in Sikar district. The man allegedly worked as a fundraiser for the IS.
Superintendent of police (ATS) Vikas Kumar said the suspect used to regularly send funds to the Islamic State through money transfer and various hawala channels.
“The arrested person has been identified as one Jamil Ahmed, whose paternal family hails from Fatehpur in Sikar district but for the last 13 years, he had been living in Dubai. During interrogation we have learnt that apart from financing the terror outfit, Ahmed was in touch with several IS fighters who are fighting in Iraq and Syria,” said Kumar.
The suspect was under surveillance ahead of his arrest after the ATS was tipped off by intelligence agencies about an IS operative landing in India from Dubai about a fortnight ago.
“Ahmed is a highly educated person and has done B.Com, a diploma in computer science as well as an MBA. His education up to 10th standard was in Kuwait. He is married and has five children and his family lives in Mumbai,” said Kumar.
“A team of Rajasthan ATS officials have been sent to Mumbai for interrogating his family members. We have also learnt that Ahmed had recently bought properties worth crores of rupees in Mumbai,” the officer said.
His association with the Islamic State is said to have started in 2014 when he became active on the group’s propaganda websites and started making acquaintances with several IS bigwigs.
“Ahmed was active in several social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter along with lesser known sites such as KIK and Surespot. His primary responsibility for the Islamic State was to provide them with finance through bank transfer along with other platforms such as Western Union and hawala transactions linked with countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh,” said Kumar.
Ahmed is said to be an employee in a company in Dubai as an assistant finance manager and speaks English with a British accent.
“Ahmed was directly in touch with the IS fighters in places such as Mosul. He also had contacts with other countries such as Lebanon and Turkey. It has also been learnt that Ahmed knew Mohammad Sirajuddin, an IS operative who used to work work for the Indian Oil corporation and was arrested by the ATS last year,” said a senior ATS official.
Kumar added that computer hard drives and other materials have been seized from Ahmed and he is being interrogated.
First Published: Nov 16, 2016 22:21 IST