3 Hyderabad men held at Nag­pur ‘on the way to join IS’

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NAG­PUR: Three Hyderabad-based cousins were ar­rested at the Nag­pur air­port on Satur­day fol­low­ing an alert that they were try­ing to leave the coun­try to join the Is­lamic State (IS) ter­ror­ist out­fit.

The Ma­ha­rash­tra anti-ter­ror­ism squad (ATS) and Te­lan­gana po­lice jointly ar­rested the trio, aged be­tween 20 and 25 years, months af­ter they were put un­der watch for be­ing in­flu­enced by on­line IS pro­pa­ganda.

Of­fi­cials said the three youth — Umar Has­san Fa­rooqui, Ab­dul Wasim and Zamir Fa­rooqui — trav­elled to Nag­pur on a staterun bus on Fri­day and went to the air­port the fol­low­ing morn­ing to board an Indigo flight to Srinagar from where they had planned to go to Afghanistan. “We got in­for­ma­tion that the youth would be board­ing the early morn­ing flight,” an of­fi­cial said.

“The youth were handed over to the Te­lan­gana counter-in­tel­li­gence cell.”

Among the three, two were ear­lier held in Kolkata in Septem­ber 2014 where they al­legedly planned to cross over to Bangladesh and travel to Iraq. The duo, re­port­edly engi­neer­ing col­lege dropouts, told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that they were lured by IS pro­pa­ganda on so­cial me­dia.

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