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IIT-Guwahati student on way to join ISIS detained: Assam DGP

First Published: 24th March, 2024 13:19 IST

The student is a resident of Delhi's Okhla. He is a fourth-year Biotechnology student at IIT-Guwahati

A student of the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT-Guwahati), who was allegedly on his way to join the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) was detained by the Assam Police from Hajo yesterday.

Director General of Police (DGP) of Assam, GP Singh took to X and wrote, “Reference @IITGuwahati student pledging allegiance to ISIS – the said student has been detained while travelling and further lawful follow up would take place.”

The student is a resident of Delhi’s Okhla. He is a fourth-year Biotechnology student at IIT-Guwahati.

According to reports, the student sent an email to the police claiming that he intended to join the terrorist outfit. In a LinkedIn post, he described why he decided to join ISIS and then went missing from the institute campus. After receiving an email, police took action and issued a lookout alert for the student.

Later, he was found in Hajo, around 30 km from Guwahati, in Kamrup district and detained for interrogation.

The student was taken to his hostel room where police recovered a black flag similar to the ISIS flag and an Islamic manuscript. He was a loner and did not have friends on the campus, police said.

This development comes four days after ISIS India head Haris Farooqi alias Harish Ajmal Farukhi along with his associate were arrested in Dhubri district on March 20 after they allegedly crossed over from Bangladesh.

Farooqi’s associate Anurag Singh alias Rehan is a resident of Panipat and converted to Islam. His wife is a Bangladeshi national. Farooqi was suspected to be hiding in Bangladesh and carrying out radicalisation of Indians.

He has been instrumental in setting up modules in Jharkhand, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Punjab, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Farooqui, who is from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, was wanted by the National Investigation Agency.

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