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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested an ISIS operative in Bengaluru who was developing medical apps to help injured ISIS terrorists in conflict zones in Syria and other parts of West Asia. The arrested ISIS operative Abdur Rahman was working as an ophthalmologist Bengaluru’s M S Ramaiah Medical College which is one of the most reputed Medical colleges in the state.
NIA in its press statement released earlier today said that Abdur Rahman was developing a medical application to help the injured ISIS cadres in the conflict-zones and a weaponry-related application for the benefit of ISIS fighters. The NIA also said that Rahman had even visited an ISIS medical camp in Syria in early 2014 for treatment of ISIS terrorists and stayed with Islamic State operatives for 10 days before returning to India. He stayed in a rented apartment in Basavanagudi in Bengaluru which is one of the oldest and peaceful areas of the city.
NIA carried out searches at three premises belonging to him in Bangalore with the assistance of Karnataka Police and has seized digital devices, mobile phone, laptop containing incriminating material. He will be produced before the NIA Special Court at New Delhi and NIA remand will be sought for his custodial interrogation, the agency said.
Rahman was arrested by NIA in connection with it's probe against the Kashmiri couple, Jahanzaib Sami Wani and Hina Bashir Beigh, who were arrested from Jamia Nagar in Delhi in March this year by the Delhi police. The couple was affiliated with the dreaded Khorasan Module of the Islamic State. “They were also found to be in touch with Abdullah Basith, who was already lodged in Tihar jail in another NIA case (ISIS Abu Dhabi Module),” the NAI statement said.
The NIA statement further said that the agency has arrested two more accused - Sadiya Anwar Sheikh and Nabeel Siddick Khatri from Pune based on their investigation in the same case. The case pertains to the larger conspiracy of ISIS to further its activities in India and to carry out terrorist activities in the garb of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests, said the NIA in its statement.