A probe by National Investigation Agency (NIA) has revealed that an ABU Dhabi module of Islamic State (IS), recruited nine Indian men and sent some of them to join to Syria to join IS. This module consisted of three Indian youth who lured eight men from Tamil Nadu and one Telangana with an intention to involved them in the activities of banned terrorist organisations in India, Daresh/ISIS.
According to NIA’s case records, “of nine persons — eight hailing from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana, and some other unknown persons, with the intention to further the activities of Daresh/ISIS, a banned terrorist organisation in India. A criminal conspiracy was hatched in Chennai and other parts of the country by forming a terrorist gang which raised and received funds, organised camps, recruited and trained some persons, and facilitated their travel to Syria, to join ISIS.”
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The Abu Dhabi module was caught in January 2016 after the arrest of three Indian men from UAE named Adnan Hussain from Karnataka, Mohammed Farhan from Maharashtra and Sheikh Azhar Al Islam from Kashmir. NIA accused them of being involved in various terrorist conspiracies and training Indians citizens for planning and executing terrorist attacks in India and other countries.
Among the people arrested, 34-year-old Adnan Hussain is an accountant from Bhatkal town. He was working in UAE since 2012 and was spotted by police when he transferred funds to the account of Abdul Basith, a young boy from Hyderabad who was recruited to join IS. A friend of Adnan Hussain, Adnan Damudi was also accused of being involved in the process as he helped Abdul to travel to Syria.
Further investigation revealed their involvement in spreading radical islam and influencing youngsters. While working in UAE, Adnan Damudi was also reportedly involved with Shafi Armar in managing two pro-IS media websites run by Al Isabah media and Ansar ul Tawheed. The investigations revealed that Damudi and two other member of the module were involved in recruiting people for IS.