New Delhi: The interrogation report of Areeb Majeed, ISIS recruit has revealed that he was influenced by the provocative speeches of Akbaruddin Owaisi, the younger brother of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.
Areeb Majeed, who returned to India after his six month stint with ISIS last year, has made some startling revelations about the influences that helps in developing a Jihadi mindset and what prompted him join hands with terror.
According to a Indian Express report, Majid, in his interrogation report, has talked about the influences that drove him to the outfit, how he financed his travel to Syria, and his time as a suicide bomber for the IS.
Majeed told officials controversial AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi was one of the 10 speakers whose videos and lectures he would see.
The others included Saudia Arabia theologian Muhammed Al Arifi, Mohammed Hoblos from Australia, Imran Hosein, Australian preacher Musa Cerontonio, Abu Waleed, controversial preacher Anjem Chaudhary, Pakistani-born Tauseef ur Rahman, and Shaikh Abdullah Azzam
Majeed was heavily drawn towards IS propaganda sites . He also downloaded e-books as well as the I-Quran mobile application. These e-books, videos and lectures “had a great impact on me in developing my jihadi mindset”, Majeed said.
They pooled in money from various sources in Mumbai to make their travel possible and were helped by an Afghan businessman and a Kuwaiti contact. They were also helped by a facebook contact from Syria who helped them enter the Syrian territory .
Majeed left Kalyan along with three of his accomplices Fahad Shaikh, Saheem Tanki and Aman Tandel on May 23, 2014 as part of a group of 22 pilgrims intending to visit religious shrines in Iraq.
While Shaheen Tanki was killed in an ‘Ighemasi' operation on November 28, Majeed tried to blow himself four times during IS operations in Syria and Iraq. The remaining two, Aman Tandel and Fahad Sheikh, remain missing.
Majeed is currently in judicial custody in Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail, making him the only Indian in custody to have fought with the Islamic State.