Police custody for two men accused of radicalising the youth

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016,11:08 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Mumbai | A court here remanded two persons accused of radicalising a city resident, in the custody of Mumbai Police till September 1.

One of them, Arshid Qureshi worked as a guest relations officer at the controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation. Rizwan Khan, the other accused, is a cleric.

Both were handed over to Mumbai Police by their Kerala counterparts.

Mumbai Crime Branch has already arrested Mohammed Haneef, a cleric from Kerala, in this case. The fourth accused, Abdul Rashid Abdulla, a teacher, is suspected to have joined the Middle-East terror organisation ISIS.

Abdul Khan, a local resident, had filed a case with Mumbai Police after his son Ashfaque left for an ISIS-controlled territory with his wife and son. He was allegedly in touch with the accused.

Kerala Police had arrested Qureshi and Rizwan Khan earlier for radicalising some youths from the state.

Qureshi was nabbed in a joint operation by Kerala Police and Maharashtra ATS from Navi Mumbai on July 21, following a complaint lodged in Kochi by the brother of a young woman who was suspected to have joined ISIS with her husband.

Khan was apprehended from his residence at Kalyan in neighbouring Thane district on July 22.

At least 21 youths from Kerala are reported missing and suspected to have joined ISIS.