PATNA: A 19-year-old student from the eastern Indian state of West Bengal reportedly joined Islamic State, one of world’s deadliest terrorist groups, after being spurned by his girl friend.
According to media reports, Asif Ahmad got in touch with the Indian chapter of the terrorist group after being ditched by his girl friend and rebuked by her relatives. The suspect, a first year polytechnic student, made this startling revelation during his intensive quizzing by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) which picked him up from Durgapur in Hooghly district on February 23.
“Asif had been assigned to influence and recruit fresh faces for Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind, the Indian chapter of the IS, in Bengal. What we feel is that he developed hatred towards society and joined the IS. We are trying to put him in a deradicalisation programme”, a senior NIA official was quoted as saying in the English daily Hindustan Times today.
According to the paper, “During his stay in Durgapur, he started reading a magazine of Islamic radical unit and got influenced. He got in touch with an IS member and eventually joined Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind. He claimed that he had occasional chats with Safi Armer who is the founder of the Indian chapter of IS and was assigned to recruit for the organization in Bengal”.
Recently in a crackdown ahead of the Republic Day, the NIA arrested more than a dozen ISIS symathisers for plotting attacks on various parts of the country. The arrests followed simultaneous searches and raids conducted at 12 locations in six cities—Bangalore, Tumkur, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Lucknow.