IIT student on way to join ISIS detained in Assam: Police

IIT student on way to join ISIS detained in Assam: Police

Assam Inspector General of Police (IGP) Partha Sarathi Mahanta in a press conference after ISIS India head and one of his associates were arrested in Dhubri district, in Guwahati on March 21, 2024.
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An IIT-Guwahati student who had allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIS and was travelling to join the terror group was detained at Hajo on March 23 evening, police said.

The student was nabbed four days after the ISIS India head Haris Farooqi alias Harish Ajmal Farukhi and his associate Anurag Singh alias Rehan were arrested in Dhubri district after they had crossed over from Bangladesh.

“Reference IIT Guwahati student pleading allegiance to ISIS – the said student has been detained while travelling and further lawful follow up would take place,” Director-General of Police G.P. Singh posted on X.

Additional Superintendent of Police (STF) Kalyan Kumar Pathak said, “After receiving an email, we got about to verify the authenticity of the contents and started an investigation.”

The email was sent by the student, in which he claimed that he was on the way to join ISIS.

Mr. Pathak said the IIT-Guwahati authorities were immediately contacted, who informed them that the said student had been “missing’ since noon and his mobile phone was also switched off.

He is a fourth-year student and hailed from Okhla in Delhi, he added.

A search was started to locate him and he was nabbed from the Hajo area, around 30 km from Guwahati, in the evening with the help of locals, the ASP said.

“After initial questioning, he has been brought to the STF office. We are verifying the motive of the email,” Mr. Pathak said.

He said a black flag, “purportedly similar to that of ISIS”, was found in his hostel room and was being sent for verification to specialised agencies which deal with proscribed outfits.

“We are going through the items seized, it is early to say much. We are investigating the intention of sending the email. The student has given some details, but we cannot disclose anything further now,” Mr. Pathak added.

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