28 Years Old Doctor Arrested On ISIS Charges In Bengaluru

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Abdur Rahman, who worked at the MS Ramaiah Medical College, was arrested on Monday in connection with the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) case being probed by the NIA.

A 28-year-old ophthalmologist who worked at the MS Ramaiah Medical College from Basavanagudi in south Bengaluru was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) late Monday night on the charge of conspiring with Jahanzaib Sami Wani of J&K.

He was allegedly working with the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) terror outfit. As part of an investigation into a case registered in March against the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) module five persons have already been arrested in this connection. 

The arrest of a Kashmiri couple Jahanzaib Sami Wani and his wife Hina Bashir Beigh from Okhla Vihar, Jamia Nagar in the national capital.

The couple, allegedly linked to the ISKP an affiliate group of ISIS, was allegedly involved in subversive and anti-national activities and were in touch with a member of the Abu Dhabi module of the ISIS, Abdullah Basith, who was arrested in a separate NIA case and lodged in Tihar jail.


“An active member of the outfit, Dr Abdur Rahmanhad links with ISIS operatives. During interrogation, arrested accused Abdur Rahman confessed that he was conspiring with accused Jahanzaib Sami (of ISIS) and other Syria-based ISIS operatives on secure messaging platforms to further ISIS activities,” the NIA said 

He was in the process of developing a medical application for helping injured ISIS cadres in conflict zones and a weaponry-related application for the benefit of ISIS fighters for alleged links with Islamic State-Khorasan Province (ISKP), an offshoot of ISIS. Rahman completed PG in ophthalmology from MS Ramaiah Medical College in July. 

The NIA has found that Rahman allegedly toured Syria and visited an ISIS medical camp in early 2014 for the treatment of the terrorists for 10 days and returned to India.

After Rahman’s arrest, the NIA carried out searches at three of his premises and seized digital devices, a mobile phone and laptop containing incriminating material.

“The accused visited an ISIS medical camp in Syria in 2014 for treatment of terrorists and stayed with operatives for 10 days before returning to India. We have seized phones and a laptop,” the agency said.

Besides Rahman and the Kashmir couple, the agency had also arrested two Pune residents in July Sadiya Anwar Sheikh and Nabeel Siddick Khatri for allegedly being part of the conspiracy to further the activities of ISIS/ISKP in India and to carry out subversive activities in the garb of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests.

Sadiya was tasked with collecting nationwide news on CAA protests and Nabeel was gathering details of police action, including the number of arrests made. The two had communicated the same to many persons — second-line leaders of ISIS in Syria. 

Rahman was in touch with Sadiya and was updating her on CAA-related issues reported in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu,” an investigating officer said. 

“He did MBBS from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute in 2014 and was admitted to our college in 2017 under government quota through allotment from Karnataka Examinations Authority. The college is not aware of his activities outside campus,” said MS Ramaiah Medical College.

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