Bengaluru doctor arrested for links with ISIS leaders in Syria

 Bengaluru: It was only recently that a report of the UN suggested that terror groups including ISIS had found shelter in southern India, especially in Karnataka.

The NIA had also conducted searches & seized incriminating material from those connected to a group called AL hind in Bengaluru. A charge sheet was filed linking this organisation to the ISIS. Now a fresh arrest has been made by the NIA, this time a doctor form Bengaluru.

28-year-old Abdur Rahman who is a doctor by profession was arrested from his residence in Basavangudi in Bengaluru. The NIA has said that he is in contact with the Islamic State. He was working as an Ophthalmologist at M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore.

"This case was initially registered by Delhi Police Special Cell in March 2020, after the arrest of a Kashmiri couple viz. Jahanzaib Sami Wani and his wife Hina Bashir Beigh from Okhla Vihar, Jamia Nagar in Delhi. The couple was found to be having affiliations with Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), which is a banned terrorist organisation and is a part of ISIS and were found to be involved in subversive and anti-national activities. They were also found to be in touch with Abdullah Basith, who was already lodged in Tihar jail in another NIA case (ISIS Abu Dabhi Module)" said a press release by the NIA

CAA protest link

An investigation by NIA into the case has led to the arrest of two more accused Sadiya Anwar Sheikh & Nabeel Siddick Khatri from Pune. As per the NIA both of them were a part of the conspiracy to further the activities of ISIS/ISKP in India and to carry out subversive activities in the garb of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests.

The NIA has also said that Abdur Rahman confessed that he was conspiring with accused Jahanzaib Sami and other Syria-based ISIS operatives on secure messaging platforms.

APP was being developed to help ISIS fighters

Abdur is said to have been developing an app to assist injured ISIS fighters in conflict-zones. NIA claims he visited an ISIS medical camp in Syria in early 2014 for treatment of ISIS terrorists and stayed with Islamic State operatives for 10 days before returning back to India.

Statement by Ramaiah Medical College

"Dr ABDUR RAHMAN, S / o Nassrulla Sharieff was a Postgraduate Student in the College of Ophthalmology. According to our records, he passed his MBBS from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute in 2014 and was admitted to our college in 2017 under government quota through allotment from Karnataka Examinations Authority. He completed his MS Ophthalmology during the examinations conducted by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in the month of July 2020. This college is not aware of his activities outside the campus" said Dr Hemanth the registrar of Ramaiah. 



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