A techie entrepreneur from the city — deported from Turkey in January 2015 while trying to cross over to Syria with his wife, five kids, and two other techies from the State — has now emerged as the key player in the Karnataka module busted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday, according to NIA sources.
Mohammed Abdul Ahad (47), a resident of Thanisandra in north Bengaluru, was detained and later arrested by the NIA along with five others from the State. After he was deported from Turkey, he was not arrested but “counselled” by Central agencies and put under surveillance, it is learnt.
He then started a tech firm, which bagged a contract to develop software for the Department of Haj Pilgrimage, Government of Saudi Arabia.
However, a NIA source said that Ahad turned a “rallying point for rogue elements in the city”, who aspired to go to Syria.