Suspected ISIS recruit from Bhatkal detained at Pune airport

Suspected ISIS recruit from Bhatkal detained at Pune airport

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 2016-04-06 19:33 Bengaluru: A suspected ISIS recruit, Ismail Musab Abdul Rawoof, 34, was detained at Pune Airport on Wednesday. Rawoof, from Bhatkal in Uttar Kannada district, was on his way to Syria via Dubai. It is said that Rawoof’s name cropped up in an internet chat – sympathising with ISIS – being monitored by security agencies. Following this, the Union Home Ministry had issued a lookout notice against him and alert officials detained him at the airport.At least 14 youths have been arrested early this year by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as part of its probe on indoctrination of youths by the banned terror group.Ismail Musab Abdul Rawoof is the son of Abdul Rawoof and lived at Ayesha Masjid compound, Aminuddin road in Bhatkal. He is being interrogated by the investigating agencies.His father Rawoof said his son called him around midnight and told him that he was on his way to Mumbai from Pune and Custom officials have not allowed his baggage clearance claiming they found a meat in his baggage. But did not mention anything about the arrest, said Rawoof.However, Ismail’s friends denied him of having any links with the banned organisation. Vouching his innocence, his friend, who wanted to remain anonymous said that Ismail does not even know how to operate a mobile and he chatting on internet with ISIS is far from truth.Locals rued that investigating agencies are “deliberately” targeting Muslim youth on fake charges and defaming Bhatkal.However, the question – why many Muslim youths still try to get in touch with the banned group despite their organisations terming it an anti-Islamic – begs an answer.