IS link: Police step up probe

IS link: Police step up probe

The district police have swung into action to gather details about Mohammed Sirajuddin, a native of Kalaburagi, arrested by the Rajasthan police in Jaipur for his alleged links with terror outfit Islamic State.

The police have traced the house of Sirajuddin to the main road at Sangtarashwadi leading to Mahatma Basaveshwar Colony. Sirajuddin is the eldest of the three children of Sarvar Ahmed, a retired employee of the agriculture department, and Khaja Bi, a retired Urdu schoolteacher. He is said to have done his postgraduate in engineering from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. His younger brother Riyaz, too, is said to be pursuing engineering.

While Sarvar Ahmed has left for Jaipur, only Sirajuddin’s mother and her expectant daughter are living in their house here. Though the police searched the house, no incriminatory material could be found, sources said. “Sirajuddin’s family does not have good neighbourly relations,” said his immediate neighbour Bhimarao, a traffic controller in NEKRTC. “Though we have been neighbours for 25 years, we are not on talking terms because they are very quarrelsome,’’ he added.

Superintendent of Police Amit Singh declined to part with any information pertaining to the case as the matter was serious and sensitive. “We have not received any official information from the Rajasthan police so far. Not much information is available,’’ said Singh.

The sources maintained that Sirajuddin was working in Bengaluru as marketing manager at Indian Oil Corporation and had married a Bengaluru girl.

He was transferred to Jaipur about a year ago and was living alone there for the past three months after sending his wife and child to his in-laws’ house in Bengaluru.

According to sources in New Delhi, Sirajuddin was part of their different core groups active on social media. He was a good communicator and was using multiple identities to operate his accounts on the Internet, including Facebook, for proliferation of ultra Muslim fundamentalist ideologies.

They believe he was a global headhunter since he was connected to hundred members globally through his various social media accounts. Preliminary investigation reveals that he got motivated after reading material available on the Internet.

The police have, meanwhile, started interrogating two suspects, Mohammed Ali Hussain Qureshi who was clandestinely surveying vital installations at Sambra airport in Belagavi, and his associate Ejaz Ahmed, after having the case transferred from Marihal police station in Belagavi to Roza police station in Kalaburagi. The police have taken the duo to an undisclosed location for interrogation, the sources said.

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