Hyderabad: Two city youths fall in IS recruiters trap

Hyderabad: Two youths from the city have fallen in the clutches of NIA for their alleged links with IS, reports said.

The 38-year-old most-wanted terrorist, Abdul Khadir Sultan Armar involved in three terror cases in the city – the 2013 Dilsukhnagar twin blasts, the 2008 Gokul Chat and the Lumbini Park bomb blast case, reportedly died in a strike at Baghuz in Syria but is alleged to have maintained terror links with several youths in Hyderabad, TT reports.

Armar is reported to be an IS’ Indian recruiter and goes with several aliases — Sultan, Shekhu, Shekh-ul-Hadis, Maulla, Pandit and Pujari.

Born in Karnataka’s Bhatkal region, Armar joined the terror network after much persuasion by his brother was a part of Indian Mujahideen (IM).

He reportedly fled to Syria via Gulf before visiting Pakistan in the year 2005 when the Intelligence officials launched a search for him.

Another fugitive terrorist Riyaz Bhatkal was the key person of IM. Armar is reported to have maintained his links with youths groups through Facebook and Telegram.

According to Intelligence reports, one of the groups head Abdullah Basith from Chandrayangutta was in contact with Armar.

Basith is alleged to have made efforts to propagate IS ideology in India with his involvement in identifying, motivating and radicalizing youth to join him in terror conspiracies.

Another youth Qhadeer from Chandrayanagutta is also reported to have come under Basith’s influence and actively started taking part in propagating the IS ideology in India.

Not only these two youths but Basith’s sister Sana and other members were also attracted to the ideology claims NIA.

The NIA taking action against the two youths have filed a supplementary charge-sheet in a special court for NIA cases in Delhi in connection with the Abu Dhabi IS module case.

Sources claim Basith and his associates made efforts to visit Syria twice, but their plans were foiled by the Police who detained them.

The NIA officials said: “We are verifying the information related to the death of Armar. We have not received any confirmation so far.”