Mohsin is act as a financer and provided money to four youths from Uttarakhand to carry out ‘Terror’ activities, who were arrested last month.
The Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested suspected ISIS operative Mohsin from Kashmere Gate Inter-State Bus Terminal. The accused Mohsin Abraham Sayeed, a resident of Malad is reportedly an associate of the four alleged terrorists arrested from Uttarakhand last month for planning a terror strike. When security officials nabbed Mohsin he was carrying Rs. 85,000. He is accused of providing money to four youths from Uttarakhand who were arrested last month. Sayeed’s arrest takes the number of IS suspects arrested by Delhi Police to five. Earlier the NIA and state police forces had launched a massive crackdown to nab 13 ISIS sympathisers across the country prior to Republic Day celebrations. The arrested ISIS sympathiser was trying to reach Syria – the stronghold of the dreaded terrorist organisation.
“We arrested IS suspect Mohsin Abrahim on a tip-off and recovered Rs. 85,000 from his possession. His age is around 26 years and he resides in Malad. The money was purportedly channelised through Hawala route,” Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep said.
Sayeed is a muezzin at Malad and had come to Delhi to meet an associate, an officer in the Special Cell said.
He was produce in court where court has remanded in police custody till February 10.
Sayeed informed the police that he was himself planning to visit Syria and had also given Rs 50,000 to one Iqlaq to arrange for his passport, Visa and tickets. He said that he wanted to join the IS camps to fight for the Islamic state.
“During questioning Mohsin revealed that he was radicalised by the Islamic literature available online. He also interacted with some persons on internet. He was made to go through some texts and speeches after which he owed his allegiance to the outfit,” police sources said.
According to police, Sayeed, who is believed to be self- radicalised, was acting as a financier and had given Rs. 50,000 to the four persons who were arrested earlier.
All of them were found to have links with a former Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist who later went to fight for ISIS, the police said.
“The arrested persons were allegedly in contact with a former IM operative, who later went for training in Syria and is presently believed to be a key member of Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilad al-Hind (AuT) which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS),” the police said.
Last month, the police had arrested Akhlaq ur-Rehman, Mohammed Osama, Mohammed Azim Shah and Mehroz from Manglour, in Haridwar. They were planning to carry out terror attacks on the occasion Ardh Kumbh. They also planned to target the Roorkee-Haridwar trains in Delhi and some parts of the National Capital Region.
Another officer privy to the investigations said that all the arrested IS suspects were in touch with former Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Safi Armar who, intelligence agencies say, is the main recruiter of Indian men lured by the IS ideology.
According to intelligence agencies, a total of 23 Indians have so far joined the ISIS of which six were reportedly killed in different incidents. Around 150 Indians are under surveillance for their alleged online links with ISIS, the officials had said.