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Suspected IS recruiter of Indian youth arrested in Kuwait

Majeeb had sought help from Afghan national and alleged ISIS handler Abdul Rehman Dalauti after his money dried up in Iraq on his way to Syria. Photograph: (AFP)

ANI New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 06, 2016, 02.50 PM (IST)
A Kuwaiti national identified as Abdulla Hadi Abdul Rehman Al-Enezi (32) has been arrested in Kuwait for his suspected links to the Islamic States (IS) terror outfit and for recruiting youth from Kalyan in Maharashtra's Thane district in India.

According to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India, Enezi's arrest is the first arrest overseas on information provided by Indian agencies. The NIA had earlier sent a mutual legal assistance request to Kuwait in the Areeb Majeed-IS case in respect of transfer of $1000 by a Kuwaiti national to the arrested Kalyan youth, Majeed, and his three associates, while they were staying in Iraq in May 2014.

Majeeb had sought help from Afghan national and alleged IS handler Abdul Rehman Dalauti after his money dried up in Iraq on his way to Syria. Dalauti then provided Majeeb with Enezi's phone number and told him to talk to Enezi for help. The Kuwaiti authorities have informed that Enezi, a Kuwaiti national, indeed sent $1000 to Majeed through Western Union.

Enezi has also confessed to having supported terrorist organisations and having been involved in financing of terrorism after his return from Pakistan in 2013. The Kuwaiti authorities have registered a case against him and arrested him on these charges. Accused Areeb Majeed and others used the money to facilitate their travel to Syria.

Kuwait shared the information on Abdullah with India after Indian agencies provided them with information about the Kalyan youth arrested for joining IS. Letter rogatory (requests from courts in one country to the courts of another country requesting the performance of an act which) for inquiry into his social sites, bank transactions, emails, phone networks used in foreign countries was sent to many countries along with America, Iraq, Kuwait, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Turkey, China.

America, Turkey, Kuwait and Luxembourg also provided with details about the ISIS module. Presently, Majeeb is in an Indian jail after he was arrested in November 2014. He returned back from Iraq after spending six months with ISIS and realised no holy war is being waged by them.

He was booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) on charges of conspiring to commit a terrorist act and being a member of a banned foreign terror outfit, and under the stringent Section 125 of the IPC for "waging war against the nation". One of his associates was reportedly killed in Syria.

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