IS recruitment in Mumbai; complaint against Kerala teacher
Mumbai: Five persons, including a couple from Mumbai, have reportedly left India to join the terrorist outfit Islamic State (IS). They are Ashfaq Ahammed (26), his wife, kid, his relative Mohammed Siraj (22) and Ijas Rehman.
Ashfaq's younger brother received a message from him in June which said he was going to join the IS and did not wish to come back. He also requested his brother to take care of their parents.
On August 6, Ashfaq's father Abdul Majeed lodged a complaint with the police. The complaint alleged that religious preacher Mohammed Haneef, a school teacher from Kerala who had visited Syria along with Ashfaq, Arshid Qureshi and Rizwan Khan were behind his son's decision to join the terrorist outfit.
Of them, Mohammed Haneef is under police custody now and the police are grilling him. Arshid Qureshi and Rizwan Khan are in the custody of Kerala police in connection with the alleged recruitment of Malayalis to the IS.
Ashfaq is the eldest of Majeed's three children. The police are probing whether Ashfaq's wife accompanied him voluntarily or she was forcefully taken. They have found that the couple had been to Sri Lanka last March and April to attend a religious study class.
There have been changes in Ashfaq's lifestyle since 2014, Majeed says. He stopped watching movies and listening to music, changed dressing style and started growing a beard. The family was concerned over this, he said in the complaint.