IS recruit from Mumbai: Trial begins 3 years after his arrest

The court recorded evidence of the tour operator through whose agency, Majeed, along with three other persons, left India on the pretext of going for a pilgrimage.

mumbai Updated: Jan 25, 2018 10:13 IST
Charul Shah
Charul Shah
Hindustan Times
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Islamic State recruit Areeb Majeed’s trial began on Wednesday.(HT Photo)

Three years after Islamic State (IS) recruit – Areeb Majeed’s return to India – a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court, on Wednesday, began the trial against him.

The court recorded evidence of the tour operator through whose agency, Majeed, along with three other persons, left India on the pretext of going for a pilgrimage. The prosecution examined Fahad Sayed, 32, the chief executive officer of Rahar Travels, as he is the first witness against Majeed.

Sayed told the court that Majeed had called him on April 14, 2014 for a package tour for Ziyarat (pilgrimage) to Haj. The witness said that on the same day, he along with another youth – Saheem Tanki, came to his office with an advance payment of Rs59,786. He said that Majeed, along with his friend, wanted to book a tour for four persons and also provided him with relevant documents of all the four.

Later on May 10, 2014, Majeed visited Sayed’s office with another person called Fahad and deposited Rs1.30 lakh, he said.

The remaining balance was paid to him on May 17, 2014, when Majeed came to his office with Tanki.

Sayed said that although the four had gone for the tour, on June 1, 2014, he was later informed by his tour manager that they went missing. Sayed also said that he was informed that one of the boys’ relatives, Abdul Kadar, had filed a missing complaint at Baghdad

The prosecution had alleged that Majeed, along with three others from Kalyan, had left India to join the Islamic State in May 2014 under the guise of a pilgrimage.

The NIA claimed that the four later joined the banned organization.

Later, in November 2014, Majeed was allegedly arrested when he returned to India. Apart from Majeed, the others were – Aman Tandel, 27, Fahad Maqbool Sheikh, 24, both engineering students and Shaheen Tanki, 25, a call centre employee. They are said to have died in Syria.

First Published: Jan 25, 2018 10:13 IST