United States of America has designated two ISIS members, Siddhartha Dhar, alias Abu Rumaysah, and Abdelatif Gaini, as “Specially Designated Global Terrorists”. Dhar , who has his origins in India, was born in a Hindu family. He is among the very few from Indian roots to have been named as global terrorists. Under the new sanctions, Dhar is charged with posing a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism that threaten security of US nationals or foreign policy, national security, or economy of the United States. The new designation seek to deny Dhar the resources needed to plan and carry out terror attacks. Also, all of his property and interests in property subject to the US jurisdiction are blocked, and the American citizens are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the terrorists.
Here are shocking details that have emerged about Dhar:
– Siddhartha Dhar was a leading member of now-defunct terrorist organization Al-Muhajiroun. In late 2014, Dhar left the United Kingdom to travel to Syria to join the ISIS. He is considered to have replaced ISIS executioner Mohammad Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John.”
– Born to Hindu parents, Dhar later converted to Islam, and now goes by the name Abu Rumaysah. He is believed to be the masked leader who appeared in a January 2016 ISIS video of the execution of several prisoners ISIS accused of spying for the UK.
– A Yazidi teenager held as a sex slave by ISIS, Nihad Barakat, revealed in May 2016 that she was kidnapped and trafficked by Dhar. As per Barakat’s statement, Dhar was based in Mosul, the group’s former stronghold in Iraq. After being dubbed as the “New Jihadi John” and became a senior commander of the dreaded outfit, the report had said.
– Dhar, before joining ISIS, was a well-known and prolific figure among radical Islamists in London.
– He is suspected to have joined ISIS in September 2014, when he disappeared shortly after being released on bail while under investigation for allegedly encouraging terrorism.
– The UK police had banned him from travelling and ordered him to hand in his passport. However, he boarded a coach for Paris at London’s Victoria Station, along with his wife and children.
– Later, Dhar announced his arrival in Syria by posting an image online of himself holding a rifle, and his newborn and fourth child.
– In November 2014, The Indian Express reported that Dhar had delivered a lecture in September completely laden with communal invective. He praised Adolf Hitler for seeking to crush a purported Jewish conspiracy he described as “this evil thing”. Further, the terrorist added that Zionists had “no regard for human life”, citing as evidence the prominence of Jews in the medical profession, which he alleged dispensed drugs which have “adverse side-effects”.
– He also appeared on BBC’s popular ‘60 Minutes’ programme. In the show, he defended Muslim vigilante groups charged with attacking women and homosexuals. “I want to see every single woman in this country covered from head to toe,” he said “I want to the see the hand of the thief cut. I want to see adulterers stoned to death.”
– Several prominent British figures had expressed shock at the ease with which Rumaysah was able to evade authorities. Lord Carlile, the former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, told BBC, “Evidence of Mr Rumaysah’s tatements at various times show that he wanted to leave the country.” “So one would have hoped that the authorities were aware of that,” he added.