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India Seeks Australia's Help to Nab IS Recruiters

India has sought help from Australia to nab IS recruiters and facilitators, who lured youth to Syria and Iraq.

Published: 28th October 2015 05:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th October 2015 05:38 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: India has sought help from Australia to nab IS recruiters and facilitators, who lured youth to Syria and Iraq. According to senior officials in the security establishment, investigation in the case of Areeb Majeed, who deserted the terror outfit, revealed that he used to communicate with his recruiters and IS associates through various electronic and social media platforms.

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Majeed used Yahoo email ID for most of his communications in Syria, Iraq and in India. “As Yahoo server is located in Australia, assistance was sought from Australian authorities regarding subscriber information, login history, IP details, search history and contents of the messages (inbox, outbox, sent draft, spam) and attachments,” the officials said, adding that it would assist in unearthing the conspiracy and details of the acts of terror committed in Iraq and Syria. It would also reveal the identities of IS recruiters and facilitators.

Investigations into Majeed’s case have revealed that he tried to contact people from different countries, who subsequently guided him to reach Fallujah in Iraq and contact Afghan national Rehman Daulity and Iraqi national Abu Fatima. Majeed was arrested on November 29 and is now under judicial custody.

The number of Indian youth said to be fighting for IS have gone up to 20. The recruits include two youth from Kalyan in Mumbai, an Australia-based Kashmiri, one each from Telangana and Karnataka, one Oman-based Indian and another Singapore-based Indian.

Among the six Indians who fought alongside the IS and got killed were three Indian Mujahideen terrorists, including Sultan Ajmer Shah and Bada Sajid, who had joined its ranks after being in Pakistan, two from Maharashtra and one from Telangana.

Sources said the National Investigation Agency probing the IS related cases took up the matter with the Attorney General’s Department of Australia through Union Home Ministry.

However, Australia sought certain clarifications relating to the issue of death penalty. The existing legal treaty between India and Australia contains a  provision, which gives powers to the Attorney General of Australia to take a decision even if the offence attracted death penalty in the foreign country.

“We had received a further clarification from Australia in the end of August and subsequently a response has been prepared for the same,” the sources added.



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