HYDERABAD: Based on leads provided by Telangana Police, a 33-year-old online recruiter of ‘Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’ (ISIS), who was trying to lure more than 20 youngsters in Hyderabad, including techies and women to join the terror outfit, was detained in Dubai a few days ago. Telangana police officials had reportedly forwarded a comprehensive report to Dubai police on the activities of the online recruiter, who was luring city youth through social media.
Adnan Hasan Damudi, a native of Karnataka, who was arrested by Dubai police, is suspected to be a former member of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). He went to Dubai in 2012 in search of a job after finishing his graduation in commerce from Karnataka University in Dharwad.
Sources told Express that a team of police officials, who foiled the attempts of some city youth to join ISIS, had received information that Adnan Hasan Damudi was detained in Dubai a day before his scheduled journey to India.
As many as 19 youth tried to join ISIS during the last one-and-a-half years. Of them, 16 were counselled and three were arrested.
According to police, Damudi, who worked as assistant delivery coordinator at the World Trade Centre in Dubai, used to maintain the Twitter account with the handle @AdnanDamudi and actively propagated ISIS ideology. According to sources, the Hyderabad police, who detained a youth for trying to join ISIS last year, had collected information about the activities of Damudi during the counselling session.
Initially, Damudi promisedto help six youth including a woman to join ISIS. While chatting on social media, Damudi gave his Indian mobile phone number to the six persons. Later, two of them dropped their decision, while remaining four were detained in Kolkata last year. The police had information that Damudi was staying in Dubai and was actively operating on social media. Tracking his mobile number, police identified him as Damudi, native of Karnataka.
It is also learnt that Damudi, who was successful in kuring four youth to join ISIS, had assigned the task to one Sultan Amar on Afghanistan- Pakistan border, to help the four youth to proceed towards Syria.