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Rajasthan ATS detains suspected ISIS operative in Chennai

Haroon was accused of raining funds for the terror organization

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February 1, 2018, 5:22 pm


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Jaipur: Rajasthan anti-terrorist squad (ATS) detained an alleged ISIS operative from Burma Bazaar locality in Chennai on Tuesday. The man, identified as Haroon, was being quizzed for his alleged involvement in suspicious activities including transfer of funds to support terror activities. The detention was made in a joint operation by Rajasthan ATS and Chennai police. Haroon owns a mobile shop in Burma Bazaar.

Haroon has been brought to Jaipur for further interrogation.

The breakthrough has come nearly seven months after another suspected ISIS operative Jameel Ahmed was nabbed from Rajasthan’s Sikar district. It was yet unclear whether Haroon came on the ATS radar while the agency was investigating the trail of money that Jameel sent to ISIS.

Jameel who worked in Dubai was accused of raising funds from India, Bangladesh and UAE and transferring to the ISIS for two years through hawala. Jameel had an ancestral house in Sikar’s Fatehpur town. He was visiting his family members when was nabbed. The ATS filed a chargesheet against Jameel in a court recently.

Sources said that one Mohammed Iqbal, a resident of Mylapore, spilled the beans on Haroon. When the ATS questioned Iqbal, he allegedly revealed Haroon’s role in raising funds and mobilizing youths in India for the Islamic State.

Haroon’ s bank accounts are being examined.

The police are also learnt to have seized some laptops and mobile phones and are examining social media channels that Haroon allegedly used to get in touch with his IS handlers.

First published: July 4, 2017