Najmul Huda was under NIA lens for 6 months

Najmul Huda was under NIA lens for 6 months

 Twenty-six-year-old Najmul Huda, arrested by the National Investigation Agency at Permude near Mangaluru, was being tracked for the past six months.

According to sources, Huda was motivating youth to join the Islamic State and was sharing the details related to the outfit on his Facebook account. He had also created a WhatsApp group to share details.

The operation to arrest Huda began at 3 am on Friday with the police swooping down on his house. A police officer, who was part of the raiding party, said Huda tried to flee through the backdoor when they entered the house. He had hid his smartphone in the kitchen.

Five mobilephones, including a smartphone, a laptop, two pen drives, a few CDs and DVDs were seized from the house. He had photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in different angles.

“Huda was planning to go abroad and had applied for passport. The application had come to the Bajpe police station for verification. He had no cases pending against him. The police had issued a notice to him to visit the police station for verification three days ago, but he did not turn up. When the NIA team picked him up, we realised he had applied for passport,” said a police officer.

Son of Saiful Huda, a cleric at the local Usmaniya Mohammedi Masjid, Huda holds a diploma in polymer technology. He had joined RV College of Engineering in Bengaluru in 2011 to study chemical engineering, but did not complete the course. A source said he stayed in a paying guest accommodation in Kengeri and did not mingle with others. He is the eldest of four siblings and the family, which hails from Uttar Pradesh, settled in Mangaluru 25 years ago.

Saiful said his son was innocent. “He would have only shared the photos of the IS on Facebook. But it is not right to claim that he has links with the IS,” he said.

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