ISIS links morph into ISI cloak as mil­i­tants quizzed

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ananya Bhard­waj and Karn Pratap Singh let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The al­leged Is­lamic State mod­ule busted with the ar­rest of four stu­dents in Ut­tarak­hand on Tues­day night ap­pears to be a smoke­screen set up by Pak­istan’s ISI to send In­dian in­tel­li­gence agen­cies on a wild goose chase, po­lice sources said on Thurs­day.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found the four men — Akhlaq- ur- Rehman, Mo­ham­mad Azim Ushan, Mo­ham­mad Osama alias Adil and Mo­ham­mad Mehraj — had more in­for­ma­tion on a mod­ule based in Pak­istan than any in Syria or Iraq. Their al­leged IS ( Is­lamic State) han­dler Shafi Ar­mar was found to have been an IM (In­dian Mu­jahideen) man all his life who re­cently shifted loy­al­ties to the Iraqi and Syr­ian out­fit.

In­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials are try­ing to de­ter­mine if var­i­ous al­leged IS mod­ules be­ing dis­cov­ered in In­dia have ori­gins in Syria and Iraq or are be­ing floated by the ISI in the name of the West Asian group to mis­lead In­dian agen­cies.

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VIREN­DRA SINGH GOSAIN/ HT

Na­tional Se­cu­rity Guard (NSG) com­man­dos dur­ing a mock drill at Khan Mar­ket in New Delhi, ahead of R-Day.

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