Ansar-ul-Touheed The New Kid On The Terrorist Block

Ansar-ul-Touheed The New Kid On The Terrorist Block

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 2016-02-01 10:18 Bengaluru: Ansar ul Touheed (Collective light emanating from Oneness of God), a new terrorist outfit, has come to the notice of NIA for keeping touch with ISIS, following the recent arrest of 14 suspected accused from and out of Bengaluru. A reliable source in the  police department said that Ansar Ul Touheed (AUT) was reportedly established by a man named Sultan from Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada district. The new outfit,  said to be comprising elements from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Indian Mujahiddin (IM) and Tehrik-E-Taliban, is known for breeding radical elements like Riyaz and Yasin Bhatkal in the recent past linked to IM  and LET. AuT claims a membership of 300 throughout the country. Sultan reportedly got killed in Syria soon after joining ISIS. NIA and other State agencies are seriously unravelling the network, (which is similar to Jabhat al Nusra Front in Syria that is linked to ISIS. After Sultan was killed in Syria, Shafi Armar alias Yousuf  is said to be the key recruiter to AuT. Armar is a former member of IM and is now heading the AUT. Police sources said he operates from Middle East countries or Pakistan. AuT is allegedly using websites /apps like Share IT and Trillon to communicate with the members. This group includes Imran Khan Pathan of  Aurangabad in Maharashtra, who is said to be a close associate of 33-year-old Mudabbir Sheikh alias Abu Musab of Mumbra in Mumbai,  the self-proclaimed Ameer of the group. NIA Sources have said that all the 14 arrested in the country from places like Bengaluru, Lucknow, Hyderabad and Mumbai are from this group and Shafi Armar was keeping in touch with them. Key person from Bengaluru Mohammad Abdul Ahad (47) of Thanisandra in Bengaluru had been deported from Turkey when he attempted to cross into Syria in Jan 2015. Asif Ali, a stone polisher, and Sohail Ahmed, a Madrasa teacher from JJ Nagar in Bengaluru were given transit warrant by NIA court Judge Muralidhar Pai. According to a police officer, Ahad has emerged as the rallying point in the state module and has been the common link to the suspects in Hyderabad like Mohammad Nafeez Khan and Mudabbir Sheikh Hussain, the alleged key person in Mumbai. Ahad was reportedly not arrested after he deported to India, but was counselled by central agencies and was placed under surveillance. He later started a tech firm, which bagged a contract from Saudi Arabian government to develop software for the Haj pilgrimage. He is also said to have turned into a 'rallying' point to anti-social elements in the city and state, who aspired to go to Syria.  Ahad introduced such aspirants to Mohd Nafeez Khan of Hyderabad arrested to help them to go to Syria. Nafeez Khan would introduce them to Mudabbir Sheikh alias Abu Musab of Mumbai. Some more residents of Saraipalya, the house where Mohd Afzal was staying in Bengaluru and arrested ,are reportedly under their watch and their where abouts are being looked into.The arrest  of Abu Zarar, a youth from Hyderabad had led NIA to all these persons as he was a colleague of Mohd Afzal of Bengaluru and supposed to be from the state are under their watch.