NIA arrests three men who were deported from UAE for links with IS

January 30, 2016 03:33 am | Updated September 23, 2016 04:03 am IST - New Delhi:

Three Indians, said to have links with terrorist outfit Islamic State (IS) were detained and later arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from the IGI airport in Delhi on Thursday night after they were deported from the UAE on India’s request.

India had alerted the UAE authorities about the suspects, based on information provided by the 14 arrested in countrywide raids last week, a senior government official told The Hindu . The NIA said the men were recruiting and training Indians for terrorist attacks in India as well as “other friendly countries.”

The three were identified as Adnan Hussain, Mohammad Farhan and Sheikh Azhar Al Islam.

The three Indians deported from UAE for alleged links with the Islamic State (IS) and arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) here on Thursday night, eventually planned to go to Syria to fight alongside the IS, said officials.

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Gulf country last year, there has been enhanced security cooperation in terrorism-related cases. It has been observed that the UAE has been forthcoming in sharing details on terror suspects with India.

A senior official said the UAE government played a key role in their deportation. “The UAE has zero tolerance towards terrorist elements and even at the slightest suspicion of terror links, has been sending people back to their countries of origin. The UAE officials have a monitoring system in place and they closely track Internet activity of suspects linked to the IS, but this time they acted on our information,” said the official.

Between September and October 2015, the UAE deported 12 Indians for suspected IS links. The UAE had also deported a 37-year-old woman, Afsha Jabeen alias Nicky Joseph, who was allegedly involved in recruiting youth for IS

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