NIA Nabs Bank Analyst, Rice Merchant For Links With ISIS

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NIA Nabs Bank Analyst, Rice Merchant For Links With ISIS

Bengaluru: In another breakthrough, the National Investigation Agency Thursday arrested two men – Irfan Nasir and Abdul Ahamed Cader — who had radicalised and funded trips of Muslim youths wanting to join the ISIS.

While Nasir was held from Karnataka, Cader was nabbed from Tamil Nadu in connection with the alleged ISIS module in Bengaluru, which the NIA had busted in September this year.

Irfan Nazir is a rice merchant and resident of Frazer Town in Bengaluru and Cader an analyst at a bank in Chennai. The NIA conducted a search operation at the homes of the two accused and also seized alleged incriminating material.

According to the NIA, the duo allegedly created a Quran Circle to radicalise Muslim youth in Bengaluru and also fund their trips to Syria, where they were to assist ISIS terrorists. NIA says that two such youths, who were sent abroad by the accused Cader and Nasir, died fighting in Syria.

“Accused Ahamed Abdul Cader, Irfan Nasir and their associates played a very significant role in the radicalization of the members of the Group (Quran Circle) and arranged funds through donations and own sources for the visit of accused Abdur Rahman (another accused arrested in the case in September) and other Muslim youth of Bengaluru to Syria to join ISIS. Two of such youth got killed in Syria,” the NIA said in a statement.

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