Kuwaiti held for funding IS backers’ Mumbai-Syria trip

He had sent money to Kalyan resident Areeb Majeed in Iraq.

Updated - November 17, 2021 02:33 am IST

Published - August 07, 2016 12:54 am IST - New Delhi

Following India’s request, Kuwait has arrested one of its residents for allegedly funding the trip of four Maharashtra-based men to Syria, an NIA spokesperson said on Saturday.

NIA officials said they were likely to go to Kuwait to interrogate him.

In 2014, the >NIA arrested Kalyan resident Areeb Majeed on his return from Syria. Majeed and his three friends left India on the pretext of a pilgrimage to Iraq in May 2014 and from there on joined the IS.

While Majeed returned after being disillusioned by the violence there, the whereabouts of Fahad Sheikh, Aman Tandel and Saheem Tanki are still not known. Security agencies believe that Tanki was killed in a drone strike last year.

Areeb is presently lodged at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai. He has been charged under section 16, 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for conspiring to commit a terrorist act and being a member of a banned foreign terror outfit.

He has also been booked under section 125 of the Indian Penal Code for waging war against the nation. His bail plea was rejected earlier this year.

The Kuwaiti resident, identified as Abdullah Hadi Abdul Rahman Al-Enezi (32), had allegedly transferred $1,000 to the four men when they reached Iraq.

The NIA had sent a Mutual Legal Assistance Request to Kuwait. “The Kuwaiti authorities have informed that Al-Enezi indeed sent $1,000 to Areeb Majeed through Western Union. He admitted to having financed terrorism after his return from Pakistan in 2013,” the spokesperson said.

The Kuwaiti authorities have arrested him.

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