Mumbai: The National Investigation Agency today told a court here that the arrested ISIS ‘recruit' Arif Majeed wanted to “sneak” back into India after he got injured while fighting in Iraq but was nabbed on arrival in Mumbai.
NIA said this in its 8,000-page chargesheet running into seven volumes filed against the 23-year-old Majeed, who hails from neighbouring Kalyan township, in the court of special NIA judge Y D Shinde here.
“Between August and October 2014 he sustained injuries three times, twice bullet injuries and once by American strike,” reads the chargesheet. At this point he decided to return to India, it says.
In November 2014, he approached the Indian embassy in Turkey, saying he had lost his passport. The embassy issued him an ‘emergency certificate'. “He tried to sneak into India and boarded a Turkish Airlines flight, but was arrested (on landing) in Mumbai,” the NIA has said.
Majeed returned to Mumbai on November 28 last year, following which he was detained and subsequently arrested.
Before heading for Iraq, Majeed had downloaded some videos from social networking sites to know more about ISIS. He also started contacting people through social networking websites, and in the process came in contact with three other youths from Kalyan (who are still missing).
“All the four boys started meeting regularly and decided to join ISIS,” the chargesheet says.
Once in Iraq they went to the shrine of Abdul Kadir Gilani and contacted Afghan national called Rehman Daulity and Abu Fatima, an Iraqi.
On the directions of Fatima, a man called Ali took them for joining ISIS; they were taken to a camp in Jhazira.
While with ISIS, Majeed was given a new name, Abu Ali Al-Hindi.
“We had seized 46 articles from Majeed including his mobile, currency notes, etc., and have provided its details in the chargesheet,” said an NIA official.
Records of his activities, conversations on Facebook, Twitter, Tango, Skype, etc., are included in the chargesheet.
A case under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and section 125 of IPC (waging war against any Asiatic country which has friendly ties with India) was registered against ISIS, Majeed and his three friends—Fahad Shaikh, Aman Tandel and Shaheen Tanki. All of them are engineering students.
According to police, Majeed and three others flew to Baghdad on May 23 last year as a part of a group of 22 pilgrims. Upon returning to India, other pilgrims told police that the four youths had left for Fallujah, a city west of Baghdad, instead of returning to India.
In August, Tanki called up Majeed's family and told them that their son had become a martyr while fighting for ISIS.
Majeed is now in judicial custody, while the other three are still missing.