In what may come as a shock to the residents of Karnataka’s capital city Bengaluru, the National Investigative Agency (NIA) arrested a 28-year-old opthamologist who worked at the city’s prominent MS Ramaiah Medical College over his links with the dreaded terror organization- the Islamic State.

The NIA revealed that the ISKP case was initially registered by the Delhi Police Special Cell in March, after the arrest of a Kashmiri couple -Jahanzaib Sami Wani and his wife Hina Bashir Beigh from Delhi’s Okhla Vihar.

ISKP is an affiliate group of ISIS. The Kashmiri couple arrested from Delhi was allegedly involved in anti-national activities and were in touch with a member of the Abu Dhabi module of ISIS, identified as Abdullah Basith. Basith has also been arrested in a separate NIA case and lodged in Tihar jail.

As for Abdur Rahman, the NIA said that during interrogation he confessed that he was conspiring with accused Sami Wani and other Syria-based ISIS operatives on secure messaging platforms to further ISIS activities.

The NIA also added that he was in the process of developing an app for helping the injured ISIS terrorists in the conflict zones and a weaponry-related app for the benefit of ISIS fighters.

During interrogation, NIA also found out the Rahman toured Syria and visited an ISIS medical camp in 2014 for the treatment of the terrorists for 10 days after which he returned to India.

After his arrest, the NIA raided Rahman’s residence and seized a mobile phone and laptop containing incriminating material.

Besides Abdur Rahman and the Kashmiri couple, the NIA has also arrested two Pune residents identified as Sadiya Anwar Sheikh and Nabeel Siddick Khatri, for allegedly being part of the conspiracy to further the activities of ISIS and ISKP in India. The agency said they also tried to carry out anti-national activities in the garb of Anti CAA protests across the country.

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